It’s Open Day & Craft Fair time!
This year’s event is on Saturday 21st May, with a total of 28 stalls and attractions across the whole of St Mary’s site. Business sponsorship has again been very generous, and we welcome Village Heating and Twisted Toppings pizza as new sponsors.
The Claude Jessett Trust (Tinker’s Park) and its volunteers are once again major partners. We particularly value the time and expertise they put in to help us run the event. This year we will have the Southern Queen showman’s engine on display, together with the fairground organ and steam miniature railway.
The range of craft stalls will be considerably wider this year as we have linked up with the UK Craft Fairs website. This has enabled us to make contact with crafters right across East and West Sussex. New additions this year are a pop up boutique, sculpture from reclaimed metal, and a sale of rustic crafted bird tables.
Local organisations are well represented, with Buxted C of E Primary School, the WI, Art Club and Horticultural Society all in attendance.
The church will be looking its best, with floral displays and a bric-a-brac and book stall. There is also the opportunity to hear our wonderful organ being played between 2.00 and 3.00.
There will no shortage of food and drink! The ever popular Harvey’s Beer tent will be operating in the Top Field, manned by Tinker’s Park volunteers. There is a BBQ, with Bishop’s burgers and sausages. We like to cater for all tastes, so in the car park area you will find the Vegan Snack Wagon. Just behind, the Woodreed Vineyard from Five Ashes will be selling their English sparkling wine.
Round about 6.00, we will take a short breather to prepare for a sound and light display at dusk, sponsored by local firm Festive Illuminations. The Walsingham chapel stained glass window will be lit up from inside, along with the east elevation of the church, to the accompaniment of stirring music. Finally, there is a flourish of fireworks.
Do come along and be a part of it! Entry and parking are free, but do look out for our volunteers with their donation buckets.