To the fabulous residents and visitors of Ditchling...

Thank you!

What a wonderful Fair Day it was – the Party Weather Gods were certainly smiling on us!

I enjoyed every bit of it, even the set up and take down were fun, thanks to the willing volunteers who showed up in the days surrounding the Fair.
The scarecrows were fabulous, all your costumes were amazing (St Margaret’s Church in the Jack & Jill Race!) and I loved seeing the procession, particularly the three younger Village Gems, looking splendid in their convertible.

The Museum’s Big Steam Print was a wonderful feature of the day and having so many incredible artists involved certainly made it feel like a celebration of creativity and community!

The new addition of the Spoken Word Tent was a great success; I've had so much positive feedback about it that I really hope to see it again at the next Fair. The lineup was full of amazing acts and I hope you all got the chance to make it down to the Lower Field to enjoy them. It was great to welcome back Haris’s Old Tyme Amusements, they're a lovely bunch of chaps and helped us immensely throughout the Fair.

The only negative part of the day for me was the use of water bombs during the Jack and Jill Race. I've had many people say to me that they got hurt by water bombs that hit them and didn’t burst and had there been any serious injuries, our insurance for the day would have been voided. In the future any use of water bombs will mean the Jack and Jill Race will be cancelled.

But back to more positive things:
On Wednesday 6th of July we will be hosting an open discussion starting at 7pm in the lower room of the Village Hall. We will be talking about ideas for the future of the Fair, with the hope that we can encourage a new generation of volunteers to get involved with the Fair Committee. Without people stepping forward and getting involved, we wouldn't have this magical day to enjoy every two years.
Once again, thank you to everyone for helping, for participating and for making the day a magnificent success. I look forward to seeing you all on the 6th of July!

Olivia Marjorie Broadbent Smith - Ditchling Fair Chair

Mal Smith - Fair Master
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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...