This new village event dates from May 2018, when our Community Garden at the rear of the church was opened by the Archdeacon of Hastings. We resolved at that time to stage an Open Day and Craft Fair each year during the second week of May.
The 2020 event was all ‘good to go’, with some new local sponsors and a wide range of craft stalls and exhibitors all booked. We were of course not able to go ahead due to the lockdown restrictions.
So what are the plans for this year? We have set a provisional date for Saturday 14th May.
I have recently contacted all concerned, and explained that soon after Easter we will review the situation as regards government guidance, and also conduct our own risk assessment. As the event largely takes place out of doors, the prospects are perhaps more encouraging. Everyone seems to understand that we have to ‘wait and see’, but also that a large scale event like ours needs a fair amount of forward planning by all concerned.
If we are able to go ahead, we will have a working forge, a potter’s wheel, and craft stalls in the church hall and garden. Wally the Steam engine will be coming down from Tinker’s Park, along with the miniature railway and fairground organ. The popular Harvey’s Beer Tent will again be in business up in the Top Field. The church will be looking its best, and there will be an hour’s organ recital at some point during the afternoon.
We welcome two new local business sponsors this year – Crusader Vehicles and Weald Packaging.
So at this stage it’s ‘fingers crossed’, with more updates to follow.