Getting together to chat about plans for Ridgewood summer fair are from the left Natasha Leppard, Masterchef contestant James Villiers and Karen Bedwell.

Masterchef contestant James Villiers to help with Ridgewood fund-raising

Chef James Villiers who reached the Masterchef semi-finals last year is hoping to demonstrate his cooking skills at a fete in Ridgewood next month.

James’ home overlooks the village hall and recreation ground and he told Uckfield News he was pleased to be involved in the fund-raising event.

His local is the Brickmakers Arms, his daughter attends Active Stars at the village hall and he brings her to play in the park.

Exactly what he will do at the fair is still being discussed but he will definitely be opening it and holding a cookery demonstration is another possibility.

The vintage fair which takes place on Saturday, June 3, from 11am to 3pm is part of a revival of community activity in Ridgewood.

Karen Bedwell, Kirsty Edwards and Natasha Leppard are the organisers and their aim is to raise funds towards refurbishing the village hall and to built community spirit.

Strong community

Karen said: “With 1,000 new homes to be built here it is important to have a strong community.”

The first event organised by the trio – which was also the first to be held in the village for seven years – was a Christmas fair which raised £800.

Then came a Bunny Hunt, with 138 children taking part, which raised more than £500.

The summer fair in vintage form will include stalls, children’s games, vintage ice-cream van, burger van, bar, cafe area, bouncy castles, face-painting, win-a-barrel-of-booze and a meat raffle.

Next to come is a barn dance and hog roast on Saturday, July 22, and on Saturday, November 4, the fund-raising team will join forces with Uckfield Lions to put on a family-friendly fireworks display.

Karen added: “Our aim is to put on old-fashioned events to bring families together, while raising funds for the hall.”

They hope to have the hall extended and one idea – which is still on the drawing board – is to have a little cafe area which could be opened in the summer months to sell fruit and ice-cream.

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