Popular village day set to return

Lindfield Village Day. Noah Seymour, Isaac and Ethan Cooper. Pic SR1511844. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150106-132606001
Lindfield Village Day. Noah Seymour, Isaac and Ethan Cooper. Pic SR1511844. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150106-132606001

A popular village day is set to return this weekend.

A whole host of special guest will be popping down to Lindfield on Saturday (June 4) to see a bumper crop of growers, bakers and model makers show off their creative talents at the village’s annual event.

As well as the popular procession, which this year is based around transport to mark the 175th anniversary of the first train arriving at Haywards Heath, there will be lots of family activities including games on the common, a beer tent, food stalls, a pet show and a host of different competitions.

BBC newscaster and local resident Katie Derham will be judging “Best in Show,” while Richard Hilson, of the Lindfield Horicultural Society and registered judge for the Royal Horticultural Society, will be casting his expert eye over the homegrown fruit and vegetables, the roses and other flower arrangements.

With them will be well-known village supporters Becca and Robin Belfield and Howard Collins, who will be deciding who goes home with a rosette in other categories.

Whether you bake, grow, brew, knit or paint, there is a category for everyone.

There will also be a chance to meet local author David Smith on Sunday, as he will be signing copies of his latest novel, Love in Lindfield, on the common on Village Day.

Set in Lindfield, the novel tells the story of Harry, a BBC locations researcher working in rural Sussex, and Ellie, a spirited and independently minded local artist who is cataloguing the former home of Victorian stained glass artist Charles Eamer Kempe at the request of its unscrupulous owner Serena Ross.

Harry and Ellie unwittingly become embroiled not only in a tragic love triangle of their own, but also in the echoes of the life and loves of the great master himself.

Little do they realise that the events that gradually engulf them are driven by a violent and ghoulish passion, born of a monstrous greed.

You can meet David at the Toll House Store and Café tent between 2pm and 3pm.

For more information about the competition and what else the day has in store, see the Village Day programme, available from businesses throughout Lindfield or visit the Toll House. People can also find details online at www.kingedwardhall.org.uk/grand-competition for a full list of categories.

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