They started coming in before 2pm and continued to come in for the next 3 hours! For that time your humble reporter’s world was bound by four off-white walls and a steady stream of people asking for drinks to go with an amazing variety of cakes and scones.

In the background the jolly sound of Sussex Brass alternated with the sweet voices of the Village Choir, interspersed with such requests as “two teas please”, and “ one tea, one black coffee and an orange squash please” and the occasional bark from the Fun Dog Show. I am sure that you will have guessed that I was in the Tea Tent at the Pett Flower Show and Fayre on Saturday July 26!

To be honest I didn’t see much of the show itself but the sky was blue, the sun shone and people flocked in to the Recreation Ground. In her first year as Chair of the Flower Show Committee, Philippa Strickland said it was ‘a fantastic day’ and certainly people seemed to be enjoying themselves. So thanks to all the organisers and helpers and if you didn’t make it this year, see you in 2015!

Church Services on Sunday August 3 – Holy Communion and Remembrance, St Mary & St Peter, Pett at 9:30am led by David Wotton. This will be a special service on the day before the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, to remember all those who died or were badly injured in that war. In particular, the men of Pett, listed on the Pett War Memorial, will be remembered. There will also be a Sunday Service at the Methodist Chapel at 10:45am.

Also on Sunday August 3 the Pett Village Allotments Association is holding its annual anniversary BBQ and would like to invite all plot holders, family and friends. Everyone should bring their own food and drink while the Committee will provide the BBQ and charcoal. It all kicks off at 1pm.

On Monday August 4 the Village Choir will meet again at 7:30pm in Pett Methodist Chapel.

POPP on Tuesday August 5 will have a Reminiscence Day. In addition Antonella Bruce (Head and Shoulder Massage) and Sheryl Tucker (Nail Technician) will be there and there will also be a produce stall. The session runs from 10:30am to 2:30pm and will include a two-course lunch for just £5.

On Wednesday August 6 the Village Coffee Morning is taking place at Pett Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon. New faces are always welcome so if you have never been or just haven’t been for a while, do pop in for coffee and delicious home made cake. You will be very welcome!

Please note that there will be no Flicks in the Village in August. The programme will resume on 4 September with The Railway Man, with further details nearer the time.

St. Laurence Church in Guestling is running its annual flower festival on August 15, 16 and 17 this year. The festival has been running for a number of years and all proceeds go towards the Church Restoration Fund. The theme for this year’s exhibits is “Another Look at Ladybird Books”. The festival is open each day from 10am until 5:30pm, and as well as the floral exhibits, there will be refreshments (including ploughman’s lunch and cakes), bric-a-brac, bookstalls and tombola.

Mary Saint