The DVA was formed in 1947 to coordinate the activities of the various clubs and societies in the Village. It continues as an organising body working in coordination with numerous and varied local organisations to promote cooperation between all sections of the community.

This biennial Fair is our only regular source of funding and we are most grateful to everyone who contributes in any way to its continued success.

The objects of the association are:

  • To unite all who live in the Parish of Ditchling for the good of all
  • To promote the welfare and wellbeing of all who live in the Parish of Ditchling
  • To help, support and encourage each Council, Society and Club to fulfil its particular objectives.

Funding from the Fair enables us to:

  • Produce a Good Neighbours Directory which is a guide to Organisations and Facilities in the Village and is given to all new residents by a member of the Good Neighbour scheme
  • Hold an annual Newcomers Party in March, to welcome all residents new to the Village since the last party, and give them the opportunity to meet representatives of all the societies
  • Host an Over 60s event, usually at Christmas
  • Host a Children’s Christmas Party
  • Run Coffee and Cake Mornings at the village hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month which are open to everyone to meet old friends and make new ones. Young and old are welcome and there is no charge! There is also a book swap scheme on these mornings
  • Consider and make grants to village organisations. 

More information at

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About Ditchling Fair

In 1312 King Edward II granted John de Warenne, Lord of the Manor, the right to run a Fair in Ditchling 'in the eve and in the day and in the morrow of St Margaret the Virgin' and thus was to be celebrated on July 20th.

More information is on The Ditchling History Project website...