Flowers Generously Donated To St Thomas At Cliffe Parish Church, Lewes By Paradise Park Garden Centre In Newhaven

Record-breaking Fair

Records were broken at our bank holiday Cliffe Fair as funds were raised to support the church.

The event attracted on bank holiday Saturday attracted large crowds, among them the town’s MP, the past Mayor and the Rector of Lewes.  The morning opened with the reading of the Henry IV’s 1410 Charter granting permission for two annual fares on the site. The various stalls raised over £1,000 in just two hours – money badly needed to repair and maintain our beautiful church which welcomes visitors every day.

“The sun shone and everyone enjoyed themselves, digging deep to support us”, explained Churchwarden Trevor Butler. “We had enormous help from so many quarters including a host of businesses which came forward to donate raffle prizes. Of particular note, Paradise Park garden centre in Newhaven heard that we were very short of plants this year as our usual grower was unable to help us. They came forward with most beautiful blooms and ensured that the horticulture stall was one of the most successful on the day.”
A plentiful supply of home-made cakes and preserves was lapped up and the cake stall ended up making the most money, closely followed by a brisk demand for gifts and toiletries. With teas and coffees doing a roaring trade, clothes and accessories also proved a popular stall. “At the end of the morning, there was virtually nothing left”, added Trevor. “That’s just the way we like it.”

Pictured is Churchwarden Trevor Butler receiving some of the plants donated by Paradise Park from its Sales Director, Mark Gilbert.