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Mayfield Christmas Late Night Shopping - Friday 2nd December

The singing and music for Late Night Shopping this year will start at 6pm and go on until about 8:30.  As usual Father Christmas will be visiting and children can book to see him via Rosina's. More Christmas trees and lights have been added to improve last year's display and the switch on, by a village celebrity, will be at 6:30.  The shops will have Christmas displays and be offering their usual food and drink.

Come along, listen to the carols and other Christmas music, enjoy the hospitality of the shops and try the Hog Roast.  The timetable of events is:
6.00pm        Skippers School
6.25pm        Mayfield Primary School
6.35pm        Mayfield Primary School Part II
6.45pm        MayZing singers
7.05pm        Sing & Tonic
7.25pm        Mayfield Band
8.00pm        Open Mic
8:30pm         Event closes

Mayfield Traditional Live Crib

Mayfield School is home to the wonderful unique tradition of Live Crib – performed by the pupils and starring both a real baby and donkey, it is believed to be the only nativity of its kind in England. Now well into its fifth decade, this year’s Live Crib is open to the public on the 6, 7 and 8 December.

Each evening begins with Mary and Joseph’s journey down the village High Street, guiding a donkey and accompanied by a procession of candle-lit angels singing carols. Turned-away at the Middle House Inn, the procession finds its way to the School’s 14th-century Chapel. With the infant Jesus cradled in their arms, sometimes behaving angelically, other times less so, Mary and Joseph sit at the foot of the altar, with angels perched all around, on the Chapel’s gothic window sills. The nativity then unfolds, with the Archangel Gabriel singing from the gallery and Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior – better known as the three wise men – visiting Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Every year this unchanged 50 year old service, is organised by the prefect team and attracts crowds of families from neighbouring towns and villages – over 300 people, on each of the nights!

For more information please contact 
Miss Katie Chamberlain
Communications Assistant
Mayfield School
Switchboard: 01435 874600
Direct: 01435 874637

Changes to library opening hours

From Monday 28 November opening hours at East Sussex Libraries are changing.  Following a public consultation earlier this year, the changes will see a reduction in opening hours mainly at less busy times.

The reduction in opening hours will save around £500,000 a year from library running costs, toward an overall savings target from the service of £2 million. All libraries will be open on a Saturday and many will stay open until 6pm on a Thursday. New opening hours for individual libraries can be found on ESCIS

When libraries are closed you can still access the e-library to renew and reserve books, update your details and download e-books. For those unable to visit a library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities, there is a home library service, where volunteers select and deliver library books to your home. For more details visit You can also renew book through our automated renewals phone line by calling 0345 6080195.

Please do pass this information on to your colleagues, partners, members and others who may need to be informed of the change to library opening hours. We would encourage you, where possible, to direct people for the latest library information.


Members of Wateryard Theatre Group, Mayfield Phoenix Players and other local partners are exploring the feasibility of putting on a community play in Mayfield in 2018.

WHY: To have fun; celebrate local history and culture; and build better relationships between members of the community of all ages.

WHAT ABOUT: Taking a long view of history. Maybe the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War, but focusing on what happened next in Mayfield. What had changed? How did the returning soldiers and their families and friends cope? Was there help for heroes?

WHO: Everyone in the village will be invited to take part. A professional writer and director will be commissioned. As well as actors a large production team will be needed for example, for research and writing, publicity, sets, props and costumes, ticket sales and front of house. A steering group will be set up to make the project a success.

WHERE: The venue could be indoors (e.g. a church, village or school hall), outdoors (e.g. marquee on Court Meadow or in school grounds) or pageant style with the audience progressing between different sites.

WHEN: Five performances (Tuesday-Saturday) in Summer (June-July) or Autumn (October-November) 2018. It will take between 9 months and
1 year to develop (3-4 months research and writing; plus 6-8 months rehearsals).

HOW MUCH: A budget with fund raising locally and through applying for grants.

WHAT NEXT: All Mayfield’s groups and societies will be invited to get involved. We also aim to learn from local people who have experience of
putting on community plays. Next meeting: Tuesday 17th January 2017 to decide if there is enough support in the community to go ahead.

Activities for Youths

The Parish Council has compiled a list of things that youngsters in the Mayfield and Five Ashes area can do, groups to join etc.

Click here for the list

Foodbank Collections

Mayfield remains as a collection point  for the Hailsham Foodbank charity who help to provide emergency food to local people in crisis. Donations can be dropped off at St Dunstan's Church, St Thomas's and Coggins Mill now that Open Door has closed.
Thank you for your generosity. 

Oil Club

A heating oil  club has been formed for Mayfield. The club seeks to consolidate deliveries within an area and thus reduce the cost.and number of deliveries.

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