Slideshow: Staplefield Village Fete

People braved the showers to browse stalls and a car show at the Staplefield Village Fete on bank holiday Monday (May 26).

There was May pole dancing, face painting, stalls, beer tents, homemade refreshments, a band, and a hog roast. The Perdito Players, a local band, played throughout the afternoon.

The money raised from the event will go towards St Mark’s Church, the Village Hall and other local causes.

A vintage car show also took place on the day and this year people saw a rare Bugatti type 39 and an equally rare Jaguar SS100.

Elspeth Montgomery said: “I am amazed by the incredible support from villagers to people coming from far flung corners of Mid Sussex even in the terrible wet weather that we experienced yesterday.

“Staplefield Village Fete is a terribly traditional event with lots of bunting and lots of traditional stalls including the pavilion selling homemade cakes, sausage rolls and cream teas, a Pimms Stand and a Beer Tent, there is also a Hog Roast and a BBQ area.

“We were very lucky this year, as The Right Honourable Nicholas Soames MP for Mid Sussex agreed to open the fete and Susannah Constantine agreed to open and judge the fun dog show.

“The commentator throughout the afternoon was Clive Panto, who didn’t allow the dampness of the day to dampen anyone’s spirits.

“Every year we try and have a couple of new stalls or exhibits. This year we were very lucky to be joined by ‘Owls about Towns’ as well as some ducklings. We also had some Smoothie Bikes, using pedal power to make a smoothie of your choice.

“Next year we hope to have a local produce fair, so if anyone would like to be included in that, please contact us via the village website:

“We also hold a classic car show. The car show was well supported and has become popular with many car enthusiasts.”

Click on our slideshow to see pictures from the day.