Hundreds enjoy Winchelsea Fete


The main event of the Winchelsea social calendar took place at the Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Organiser Jo Turner said: “The wind did blow but the sun shone brightly on the event attended by over 900 residents, visitors and friends.

“The highlight was as always the “fun dog show” where over 100 entrants queued for classes which included: - prettiest bitch, waggiest tail and best veteran culminating with the Winchelsea Town Mayor Stephen Turner choosing the best in show from the winners of all the classes.

“As in previous years the event was supported by the music of the Battle Town Band and the National Trust with birds of prey and their stand featuring the work of the local rangers.

“The Pett Level rescue Boat and Rye Sea Cadets both had stands as did our local plumbing engineer Plumbline providing gas for the BBQ. A good mix of craft, gift and other stalls ensured opportunities to find that special item and the fun games and coconut shy kept everyone entertained for the afternoon.

“The teas were as always a great success as was the BBQ with delicious burgers and sausages from our own Winchelsea Farm Kitchen.

“The Pimms Bar run by the cricket club was busy all afternoon as was the tombola, bottle stall and raffle with superb prizes donated by local businesses.

“We appreciate the efforts of the volunteers from the town who give up their time to support this event together with the stallholders and visitors who make the event such a memorable occasion.

“Their efforts this year resulted in takings of just under £4000 so after expenses of £1200 the remaining balance of £2800 will be distributed to local charities and good causes which will include The Pipewell Gate Appeal, The Friends of Winchelsea Church, The New Hall Maintenance Fund, The Pett Level Rescue Boat and the Rye Sea Cadets.

“A big thank you to everyone involved in helping, making and contributing cakes and tombola prizes which made the fete once again a big success.”