THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: The August Bank Holiday Festival was started in the mid 1960’s by Pat Troup to raise funds for new shingle for St Andrew’s Church spire. Over the years it has changed its aims but a village festival continues to be celebrated on the Tye over the last weekend of August. Beginning this year on Friday August 28 with the Art Festival in the Old Chapel Centre which will be open throughout the weekend from 10.30am to 5.30pm (closing at 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday) with a wide range of paintings by Sussex artists to view or buy. Also on Friday beginning at 1pm is a fun afternoon for children. At 7.30pm at the War Memorial Hall the Alfriston Players and friends will perform It’s a Village Thing, a revue, tickets £3 from Hicks The Newsagents, or on the door.

Saturday during the afternoon the Classic Cars will be on show and the Fun Run will start at 3pm. The Eastbourne and District Scottish Pipe Band will play; there will be a chance to show how far you can throw a beret and in the evening at 7pm Gerry will test knowledge at the Quiz Night in the War Memorial Hall, tickets £3 on the door. There will be a pay bar at the Quiz Night; no food available but you may bring your own. On Sunday there will be another packed day starting at 10.20am with the Bell Ringers; at 11am there will be a Blessing of the Animals, bring your pet to the Tye. The afternoon will have Village tours, the Fun Fair, the Dog Show, Welly Throwing and the Silver Band will play. The afternoon will end with Rock by the River, Music for All.

On Monday the Boot Fair will start at 7am on the Recreation Field which is also where there is £2 All Day Parking. The afternoon’s activities on the Tye are from 1pm and continue to 4.30pm when the winning numbers of the Grand Draw and Dine Out will be announced. Activities on the Tye will include traditional games, stalls, Swing Band, Morris dancing, Storytelling and Children’s Welly-boot throwing

PARKING: For the Bank Holiday Monday the Recreation Field (directions will be marked) is given over to parking and the price is just £2 for the day. It is absolutely essential to use the field and not park on the roads. This will enable free flow of traffic to be maintained and if there should be any necessity for emergency vehicles it will allow access to be possible.

FILM ON THE TYE: The Star Inn sponsored a showing of the film Mama Mia on the Tye last week. They enticed over 300 Dancing Queens to this event and despite storms and rain before and after it was a fine Sussex evening for all the Abba enthusiasts who arrived with picnics. Those who had not brought their own supper were able to enjoy burgers, a hog roast and vegetable wraps and drinks produced by the Star’s staff. An astonishing £665.33 was raised for the St. Andrew’s Church and a very successful evening closed with the Star’s owners and staff boogieing as the credits rolled and the audience on their feet singing. The next event the Star will be presenting is a Murder Mystery Evening, watch this column for details.

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