Alfriston

PHARISEES: As Eleanor Farjeon said in her Sussex Alphabet. They are fairies in Norfolk, they are fairies in Suffolk, and fairies in Cumberland and in Northumberland….they are fairies in England where else you may please, but in Sussex the fairies are Pharisees. Come and play with the Fey in May says the advert for the 10th Faerie Festival at Pleasant Rise Farm. May 20 to 22. Visit online for more information www.magicalfestivals.co.uk or proof of Cuckmere residency will ensure adult entry £5 and children free.

SUSSEX DAY: Is celebrated on June 16, St Richard’s Day (St Richard being the patron saint of Sussex) celebrating the rich heritage and culture of our fabulous county. Alfriston will be kicking off the celebrations with Sussex Day fair and farmer’s market on Saturday June 11 from 11am. This year the day will also join with the Horticultural Society Spring Show in the Alfriston War Memorial Hall and the opening of The Labyrinth Festival by Rev Daniel Merceron and talk in the church by local historian Kevin Gordon on Local Notables. Lots of Reasons to visit on June 11. Visit www.alfriston-village.co.uk to keep up with plans.

FLORAL TRADITIONS: The flowers in St Andrews at the weekend looked and smelled amazing. Through the centuries churches have been decorated with greenery and flowers to celebrate festivals and services and in Alfriston the tradition has continued. The ladies of St Andrew’s Church Flower Guild decorate the church with flower arrangements throughout the year, barring Lent and Advent. The Guild are all volunteers who love what they do, following in the footsteps of generations before them and delighting in the colourful displays they add to the church. Sadly their number has dropped to six and they are beginning to struggle to cover their rota. Are you interested ladies and gentlemen? It’s not a huge commitment, if you love flowers you can easily learn to arrange them, working with one of the ladies until confident to take a turn. Many have begun as utter beginners and took comfort from thinking that no one can make blooms ugly! There is a huge sense of achievement in adding to the pleasure of those who enter the church so, come and have a go, you’d be welcomed by a very friendly group. Call Jill Butcher, 01323 870224 or email norman.sherry@btinternet.com

FUND RAISING: Continues in the village and not just for St Andrews Restoration. On Wednesday there is a coffee morning in the OCC from 10am to midday. Saturday May 14, Beating the Bounds. The walk is split into three sections so participants can do all or part of the walk. Start at 8.45am, at the top of Kings Ride. Contact Geoff Ellis 871586. Both of the aforementioned are in Aid of Christian Aid. Christian Aid week is May 15 to 21 and there are a number of activities planned.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION: We won’t be druv is the unofficial Sussex man’s (or woman’s) motto and proposals to address the traffic issues will be outlined in a six week consultation process beginning with an exhibition in The Old Chapel Centre 2pm to 8pm Friday May 13 and 10am to 4pm Saturday May 14. Representatives from County Council will be present and a questionnaire available to complete. Copies of the questionnaire will also be available from Steamer Trading and Hicks. The proposal will also be found online during the consultation at eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay. The consultation will end Friday June 24.

MUSIC: Continues to play on in May and tomorrow, Saturday, noteworthy voices presents in St Andrews Church a concert of choral music performed a cappella featuring Debussy and Parry. Tickets £8 on the door. Children and students free.

MUSIC FROM THE SOFA: Will be giving out fine tones and medleys in a short tour of the Cuckmere Benefice for St Andrews Restoration. Performing from the bands varied repertoire including Jazz, folk and special arrangements. Tuesday May 24, 7.30pm Folkington Church (free), Wednesday May 25, 7.30pm Litlington Church (free), Thursday May 26, 7.30pm West Dean Church (free) and Saturday May 28, St Andrew’s 7.30pm £10. For tickets call 01323 871718 or pop into The George Inn to obtain.

MUCH ADO: I was recently reminded of the number of fabulous literary, craft and musical events organised by Much Ado. Kim Marshland and Jonathan Christie will be signing their new books on Saturday May 21 between 1pm and 4pm. Each book focuses on different aspects of the creative life. Kim’s Charleston Farmhouse features a collection of photos of Charleston before the house was saved from renovations that would have blotted out all traces of the Bloomsbury Group. Jonathan’s, George Smart the Tailor of Frant brings to life a 19th Century folk-artist. Learn more about this and other events by visiting their website http://muchadobooks.com/events-workshops.php

As Kipling said, Each to his choice and I rejoice, the lot has fall to me, In a fair ground Sussex by the Sea.

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