Glorious sunny day for the Ardingly Village Fete

A report from the Ardingly Fete is below and thanks to Will Meldrum and his team for organising the event.  This year we received £400 sponsorship from Millwood Designer Homes Ltd, the developers of the Standgrove Field site towards the cost of the Fete and Fun Run.

“The fete ran from noon to 4pm on Sunday 11th and we had an estimated 250 attendees, a good increase on previous years.  This was boosted in part through the excellent fun run which was a new activity for 2016 as well as the extremely pleasant weather.  The fete team have also sought to build momentum across the years so that people in the village know when the fete is and what to expect.

Activities included the fun run, a dog show, a climbing wall donated by the Parish Council, bric-a-brac stalls, a bouncy castle and slide, food and drink stalls, a cake stall, children’s game and pony rides.

The fete will be held the same day and the same week as next year, so if you want to have a stall (which are free) please contact Will Meldrum.”

Thanks and regards – The Fete Team

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1st Ardingly Fun Run – Results & Report

The First Ardingly Fun Run was a runaway success!!  Thanks to the organisers Phil Payne and Kim Lo who pulled the event together, which we hope will become an annual event to be held in the village.  For the full results of the main race please visit and photos can also be found on the Facebook event page.  

“Ardingly Fete hosted the village’s first ever fun run on Sunday.  The event saw sixty adults ranging from 11 years old to 75 years old take on the 5 mile cross country loop around the village and reservoir, and over twenty five children partake in the kid’s race. 

The fun run was the idea of the village Post-Master and Iron-man come ultra-marathoner Phil Payne. He said  ’The run was a great success, the route not only highlights the beautiful countryside around the area, but unites the village in creating an fun friendly event for all types of runners, from local athletic clubs to those who want to try their first race’. 

The winner of the race was Under 15 Joseph Martin of Haywards Heath Harriers in a time of 34.25, and first female was Kat Barrett in 41.23.  Veteran prizes went to Andy Guy and Samanatha Ridley. 

It is hoped the success of the inaugural event will mean that the race will become a regular annual fixture.  Race organisers Phil Payne and Kim Lo would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to help on the day, the Parish Council and also the race sponsors Millwood Designer Homes.” 

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Waste Freighter Visit – Sunday 23rd October – 10am – 12 noon

The waste freighter will return for an autumn visit on Sunday 23rd October from 10am to 12 noon in Street Lane Car Park.  Please make use of the facility, which will have a dedicated garden waste unit again this visit as well as the normal waste unit.  Please note that as always the following will not be accepted, electrical items, large amounts of rubble and tins of paint/garden type chemicals.  Members of the Parish Council will be available on the morning to give a helping hand if needed. 

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Need Help with your Computer? IT Drop-In Sessions available at Ardingly College

Students at Ardingly College in association with MSOPC (Mid Sussex Older People’s Council) are providing sessions on Mondays from 4.30 – 5.30 pm from the 12th September to 7th October and from the 7th November to the 12th November.  They are offering help and advice with phones, tablets or laptops.  A wide range of topics can be learnt including using sending emails, Skype, Facebook, Watsapp and much more.  For more information please call Anita on 01444 242760 or email

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Ardingly Country Market – Hapstead Hall – Thursdays – 10am to 11am

Come along to Hapstead Hall on a Thursday morning from 10 am to 12 noon and discover the Ardingly Country Market.  A variety of produce for sale including fresh produce, plants, key rings, jute bags, brooches,  rag dolls, wax art pictures and cards.  Open every Thursday.  Tea/coffee available.


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