6 July 2016
The Clayton Flower Festival has been praised as one of our very best. The theme ‘the Plight of the Refugee’ was thought to be a very difficult one, but after much cogitation, the designs came together and, it is thought, our terrific team of flower arrangers excelled themselves.
They were, in alphabetical order:-
Pam Baker, Julie Bolton, Sandra Boyd, Gillian Coburn, Glenda Earle, Maureen Eastwood, Debbie Pateman, Jenny Pinnock, Rosemary Puntan, Jenny Rodgers, Jill Rogers, Sue Thomson.
The Quiz night was a great deal of fun, with eight teams filling the Church Hall. Thanks must go to Debbie and Colin Pateman for all their hard work.
The Saturday morning sale brought in visitors from around the village. Special thanks must go to Heather Patel for, once again, producing a wonderful plant stall. St. Francis and SS. Cosmas and Damian Churches brought the raffle and tombola stall. The cake stall was the usual runaway success because of the many donations from members, but particularly the delicious cream cakes provided by Rev. Tom Cameron. The bottle stall, which was run by Will Spankie, was a great attraction and thanks go to:-
The Jack and Jill Pub, Clayton, Budgens, Hassocks, Sainsburys, Hassocks, Hassocks Wines, South Downs Cellars, Hurstpierpoint and The White Horse, Ditchling, for donations of wine that made it all go with a swing
The book stall was as popular as ever, thanks to the organising of it by Philip and Heide de Ste Croix.
The Concert given by John Walker, the Constanza Quartet and Soprano Susan Corrigan was a very enjoyable respite from the frenetic activity of the festival and was well received by those who attended.
The Pet Service, was very well attended as the sun shone and the tea afterwards; ably provided by Anne Cole, very much enjoyed.
It is impossible to overstate the thanks that must go the Sue and Chris Starling for all their efforts in keeping the Church Hall in splendid condition for all our events: the laying out and putting away of tables and chairs as the occasion demands; the prompt appearance of clean tablecloths, crockery and tableware and the organizing of the arrival of appropriate food and drink for all the events over these three days.
The overall receipts for the festival amount to nearly £1,600, donations from which will be made to a pet charity, the British Red Cross and the remainder will be added to the fund for the Church Roof.