Limpsfield in bloom

Limpsfield bloomLIMPSFIELD was once again transformed for Limpsfield in Bloom judging day with hanging baskets, pots, flower beds and other displays colouring the village in a sea of purple, green and white to celebrate the end of WW1 and the suffragette movement.
This year St Peter’s Church played host to a three day Flower Festival- as part of the theme of celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the end of WW1 and the women’s suffragette movement, festivities also included a celebration concert.

This was a combined effort between the St Peter’s flower arrangers and other local green-fingered locals, young and old, including the Limpsfield WI, Panda Nursery and Limpsfield CofE Infant School. The festival included 22 floral displays.

Well over 100 people packed out the church to hear St Peter’s Church choir and local singers at the special celebration concert. The first half included choral music and folk songs by Vaughan Williams (celebrating 60 years since the composers’ death) and Hubert Parry (marking 100 years since his death), with favourites including “Jerusalem” and “I was Glad.”

The second half was dedicated some popular war time songs.

Former Bucks Fizz star home after op

Jays cancerACCORDING to social media postings by her guitarist husband David Colquhoun, former Bucks Fizz singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Jay Aston who lives in Tatsfield will be home this weekend after an operation for mouth cancer, removing part of her tongue. David has said that at the time of writing Jay is up and walking about in hospital and can speak. “Amazing recovery” said David “ and with a bit of luck she will be at home by the weekend. She is overwhelmed with the support as am I.”
Jay, who lives in Tatsfield with her husband and her daughter, had been warned the operation could destroy her chances of performing again. And if more cancer is found, and more of her tongue needs to be removed, there is a risk she will be robbed of speech, too. Jay has been performing gigs in Britain with original Fizz bandmates Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan.

Doctors are hopeful Jay’s cancer has been caught early and the operation will remove it all. She left Bucks Fizz in 1985, four years after they won Eurovision with Making Your Mind Up, in part due to the emotional fallout of a shocking tour bus crash which came close to killing them all. It left Jay with ­debilitating back injuries.
There were years of acrimony around contractual disputes and she did not speak to Cheryl for 23 years. After the band decided to re-form in 2004, Mike, Jay and Cheryl became embroiled in a legal feud with former original bandmate Bobby G.
The trio eventually went with the name The Fizz, recruiting Sweet Dreams singer Bobby McVay to join them in 2015. He later left the group for personal reasons.
Now a trio again, they have begun collaborating on an album deal with legendary pop producer Mike Stock, while performing a string of sell-out gigs. Jay learned she had pre-cancerous cells in April after years of screening, due to a rash on her tongue called lichen planus, an auto-immune condition. Doctors have predicted that, as long as no further surgery is needed, she should be able to sing again in around a year, although nothing is guaranteed.

Former Oxted school head girl features in London play

fraserFORMER Head Girl of Oxted School, actress Carla Fraser from Westerham is one of the four taking part in the new play, Dark In The Water, which is at the White Bear Theatre in London’s Kennington Park Road July 31-August 4.

The White Bear is an independent fringe theatre and Dark In The Water features four friends meeting in a cabin deep in the woods.

Carla trained at the Guildford School of Acting where she later became a tutor.
Carla has been seen in Oxted in the locally based Threadbare Theatre’s Such Art, Such Beauty which was staged at the Crown Inn Pub in Old Oxted in 2016.

Chart fair goers have a golden day

anne_chartEIGHT year old Meridith-Mae McGill, a pupil at Oxted’s St Mary’s School, was given the honour of presenting Paralympic and World champion Anne Dickins MBE with a bouquet when the latter officially opened the Limpsfield Chart fair.

Anne, who lives in Oxted, was Paracanoe’s third gold medallist at Rio 2016, winning the single kayak 200m in the KL3 classification and will also be remembered for creating another piece of history, notching up ParalympicsGB’s 100th medal of the Games.

The fair was organised by the Limpsfield Chart community and the local St Andrews Church and featured a dog show, a human fruit machine, unrideable horse, sweet tombola, table tennis, splat the rat, raffle, tug of war, bric-a-brac, beer tent, teas, strawberries and cream, music, plants, books, toys plus much more.

Never too old to play golf

mikeEIGHTY five year old Mike Brown of Oxted sinks a welcome pint to celebrate his 70 years as a member of the Gresham Artisans Golf Club at Limpsfield Chart.
And Mike, whose handicap is 29, marked the occasion with inaugural playing of the Mike Brown Trophy -a stableford competition won by John Timlin with 40 points.

Mike, who spent his working life in the shipping industry, joined the Artisan club as a 15 year old and has never played his golf anywhere else since. The family afternoon was highlighted with drinks and a barbecue.