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Saturday, 14 June 2014

St Dunstan`s Church Mayfield Summer Fete

St Dunstan`s church Mayfield Sussex had their summer fete today, we usually visit this lovely church and the fete is a good chance for the community to get together and have a fun day with a coconut shy lots of games for adults and children the usual raffles and tombolas a Pimms tent and a barbeque for burgers and sausages. Cream teas inside the church were also available along with a stall selling cakes sponges scones jam chutneys etc. Music was supplied by the Mayfield brass band who were terrific.
The weather was mixed today a few sunny spells but mostly overcast conditions not ideal for photographs but it did give me a chance to try out the Sony RX100 compact camera.
The visit to the bell ringers platform just below the belfry was a bonus as was a chance to ring one of the bells which is a lot harder than it looks.
Maggie Hambling`s stainless steel sculpture "The Resurrection" looks wonderful but is partially hidden by the chandeliers when entering the church, there are plans to move one or the other to correct that.
We all had a fun day and it was great to be out joining in the festivities whatever the weather

                             St Dunstan`s Church Mayfield Sussex

                          "The Resurrection" hanging above the nave

The oldest part of the church dating from the 13th century and showing the filled in arch and floor with glazed opening giving a platform much lower down from the belfry for bell ringing

      The view into the church from the bell ringing platform, taken through the                                platform window it shows my reflection

                                                       Ringing ropes for the 8 bells

                        A scale model of the bell construction in the belfry

                        Statue of St Dunstan up against the second pillar

                                         One of the two chandelier

                                   Maggie Hamblin`s "The Resurrection"

            I wandered into the church`s field and graveyard to take these


  1. What a lovely old Church and I love the overgrown churchyard a haven for wildlife.

  2. just goes to show what happens when nature is left to it`s own for a while