Ditchling Fair on Saturday 18 June. A programme of events is planned from 7.00am and through the day into the evening. Some of the highlights include the morning stalls in the High Street and in the afternoon on the village green there is maypole dancing, tug-o-war and new for 2016 the Spoken Word tent bringing together the local area’s most prominent and eminent speakers. Full details of everything that’s happening are available in the Fair Programme available from shops and businesses in the village for £1.00. www.ditchlingfair.co.uk
London-Brighton Bike Ride on Sunday 19 June: A reminder that there are some road closures on Sunday when this 54 mile charity event comes through Ditchling village.
Ditchling Horticultural Society: There is an outing to Wisley, the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens on Wednesday 29 June leaving Ditchling Village Hall at 9.15am and returning from Wisley at 3.15pm. This outing is for members only. Tickets cost £12.50 each and are available from the village Post Office. There should be a good display of roses at the Jubilee Rose Garden at this time of the year but there are also many other different types of garden and displays to visit. The Ditchling Horticultural Show is in the Village Hall on Saturday 9 July. For any further information about the Ditchling Horticultural Society please contact the Honorary Secretary, Mary Holman on 01273 845167 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ditchling WI: For the June meeting this branch of the WI had a very interesting and informative talk by Edward Pagett on The Pearly Kings and Queens. Mr Padgett is a Pearly as his father before him. They had their 140th anniversary last year. The Pearly Organisation had reached all round London by 1900 raising money for many charities. During the week that the ceramic poppies were planted at the Tower of London in 2014, the Pearlies raised £44,000 for Help for Heroes by inviting the public to have their photo taken with a Pearly King and Queen. The talk was followed by tea and biscuits and the flower of the month was won by Jean Morley. For the July meeting Jackie Marsh-Hobbs is talking on the History of Houses. This meeting is taking place at Ditchling Village Hall on Thursday 7 July at 2.15pm. Visitors are always welcome. Any queries please contact Briony Coomber on 01273 845069.
Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Sports 2016: Following a two year break this sporting event returned this year attracting a wide field of enthusiastic competitors. Held over two days, children, teenagers, adults and veterans competed in a variety of track events carrying on the tradition of inter-village competition that began in 1935. Over 50 people met on the bank holiday Sunday evening and walked or ran from Ditchling Rec to Streat Church and back again. On the following day over 150 people joined in a variety of track events from egg and spoon to 1500m. This day was due to the hard work of a large group of people from the Sports Committee and volunteers, to St Margarets PTA for providing delicious refreshments and Ditchling Pre- School for face painting. The Committee thank Ann Anscombe for all her dedication in running this event for the past 20 years and for her help in handing over her planning model and expertise to the new team of organisers. Full race results will appear in a future edition of the Middy.
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