BISHOPSTONE SUMMER FETE SET TO SHINE WHATEVER THE WEATHER
July 26 2013.
The ever-popular Bishopstone Summer Fete is all set for a feast of family fun, amusement and provisions on Saturday August the 3rd, when it will be opened by Seaford Mayor, Anthony White.
There is musical entertainment provided by the much-admired Seaford Silver Band, a fun Dog Show and various games.
For the children there is a Punch and Judy Show, Face Painting, activities and a Toy Stall.
There will also be a number of stalls to explore including books, plants, lots of bric a brac to delve into, cards, linens, gifts and lovely home-made cakes and preserves, plus a raffle and bottle tombola.
For the peckish there will be savoury rolls and other snacks, teas, coffees and more home-made cakes on sale.
To quench the thirst, the Martello Rotary Club will be running their famous Beer Tent, serving traditional ales, other alcoholic beverages and a variety of soft drinks.
Charlie the Ice Cream Man will also be in attendance as well.
This all takes place on the village green and in the Parish Hall, which is situated behind the church.
The proceeds for this event go towards the upkeep of the historic St. Andrew's Saxon church, which will be open throughout the fete for quiet contemplation and an organ recital.
St. Andrew's Church was built between 600 and 800 AD and is perhaps the oldest Saxon Church in Sussex. it has a sundial over the porch inscribed 'Eadric' who may have been the first incumbent! the tower houses bells hung in 1761.
Restoration work is now complete. Stunning Anglo Saxon and Norman architectural features have been found beneath Victorian plaster and there is now a Medieval aumbry and a piscina in the Sanctuary. There is a Priests window above the Porch and an 11th Century North window in the Nave. There is also the remnant of a wall painting on the West wall.