One of the best and most traditional village fetes in Sussex looks set to attract crowds once again this Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May.
The Staplefield Village Fete and Car Show is a village tradition dating back to at least the early 1920s. “Many people return to our event year after year, whatever the weather,” said organiser Maggs Chamberlain. “Last year one of our Grand Draw winners said she always attended the Fete with her mother when she was five, she now lives away but comes back every year.”
The aim of the event, which runs from 12 noon to 4pm, is to provide a fun day out for all the family and raise money for St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s School and Staplefield Village Hall, all vital for maintaining village social life. “Among our many attractions this year are Maypole Dancing, a Fun Dog Show courtesy of Raising Hopes Dog Behaviour and Training organisation, photo opportunities with Ghost Busters, Marky Wild’s Punch and Judy show, fairground rides, bouncy slide and face painting,” said Maggs. “We also have our very own Elvis (aka ‘Philvis’), while the highly acclaimed Perdido Players will be providing music.”
Running alongside the fete is the Car Show which includes unusual exhibits and a range of classic cars. Food and drink on offer will include Pavilion teas and cakes, pulled pork, BBQ, Pimms, Prosecco and strawberries.
“We are really hoping for some warm sunshine this year but whatever the weather we’re sure you’ll have a great day out,” said Maggs. “Many local businesses support us by generously providing Grand Draw prizes and taking stalls on the day and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to contribute, take a pitch or exhibit a vehicle.”
For more information contact Maggie Chamberlain: maggs49 @btinternet.com, 01444 484825, or Tracey Millis: tracey @xtannersmead.fsnet.co.uk, 07538952835.