Maypole dance makes debut at village fair

Maypole dancing
Maypole dancing

Maypole dancing will be a feature of the Bishopstone May Fair for the first time on May 2.

The event will run from noon until 4pm and will be raising funds for the Bishopstone Parish Hall,

There will be lots on offer throughout the day and, in addition to the maypole fun, local dance groups will be performing.

There will be music from Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band, stalls, games, plant and book sales, food and drink, birds of prey, a children’s treasure hunt, classic cars and tea and cake.

A competition for the best scarecrow will be open to all ages. There will be light lunches and afternoon teas will be available. There is free parking at the venue.

Organisers said they would be grateful for any unwanted items for the stalls which can be dropped off at Linda’s Store, Bishopstone Station or contact 01323 492246

Bishopstone Parish Hall was originally built as a village school in 1849. The school was closed in 1944 and the building was eventually purchased for £600 and passed to a committee of trustees in 1958 to be used as a Village Hall.

A spokeswoman for the committee which runs the hall said the facility depends on regular use, and community volunteers.

She said: “Since 1958 when the building was converted to community use, it has always been funded and managed by community volunteers.

“It is an independent facility, dependent on regular use, the generosity of the local community and the time given by committee members past and present to sustain its place in the life of the parish.

“The hall is regularly used every week and is an ideal venue for fundraising events.”