On Saturday July 22 St Michael’s Church Playden held its annual summer fete.
The rain held off, and an excellent time was had by all. The traditional nature of this small village fete has always proved popular, with its traditional stalls (including bric-a-brac, books, cakes and plants), a tombola, a raffle, teas inside the church, a BBQ stall and a Pimms stall, plus the ever-popular ladder game and bowling and a dedicated table where children could be creative, and of course there was “Helen’s Apron” lucky dip for children and adults alike and a number of “spot” raffles and a card-reading table. In financial terms the event was extremely successful, raising a much-needed £1,315 for church funds – I say much-needed, because the church is having to re-shingle the spire at a cost of over £62,000, as well as facing other priority maintenance at a further cost of over £50,000 after the re-shingling is completed.
Fortunately, the Friends of Playden church have been fund raising over the years and can contribute a significant amount, plus there are various grants which will be applied for, but that still leaves the church with a large amount of money to find. To that end, the fete also saw the launch of ticket sales for a concert being arranged under the auspices of the Friends of Playden Church to raise funds for the re-shingling. The internationally acclaimed octet L’Octuor de France will be performing at St Michael’s on Saturday September 23. The concert will include music by Stanford, Beethoven and Thierlot. Doors will open at 5:30pm, and there will be a bar available and again during the interval, with the concert starting at 6:30pm. After the concert ends at around 8:30pm there will be a marquee reception dinner at The Steps. Tickets (£20 for the concert, £25 for the reception) are available by sending a cheque made payable to The Friends of Playden Church with a stamped self-addressed envelope to c/o The Steps, New England Lane, Rye, TN31 7NT, or telephone 01797 223640 for further details.
Photos: Peter Challans