Fordcombe Village Fete & Flower Show
This annual village event has been run for over 100 years by a group of volunteers from the community and is a truly village affair!
There is always lots on offer including maypole dancing, a Punch and Judy show, a display of classic cars, tractor and donkey rides and an array of inflatables for the kids plus a wide range of craft stalls and fun games stalls! There is also always something new each year to keep you on your toes and get everyone involved from fencing and pottery throwing to bell ringing.
You will find plenty of refreshments: a fabulous BBQ offering local sausages and burgers, real ales and a gin stall, plus an abundance of cake and cream teas which can be consumed while listening to bands and musicians showcasing our local talent.
There is also a Village Committee run Dog Show which is a firm favourite and a crowd puller. Bring your furry friend along to try and win ‘Waggiest Tail’ or ‘Owner that most looks like their Dog’!
Children from the local school sing and dance and enter exhibits in a traditional style flower show, which runs alongside the fete, with prizes for everything from flower arrangements to homemade cakes and jams, and the largest and smallest fruits and vegetables.
There really is something for everyone and the next Fordcombe Village Fete and Flower is planned for September 2022.
Fordcombe Open Gardens
There are an extraordinary range of gardens and garden features to inspire the visitor: grand gardens with spectacular views over the High Weald, small terraced front gardens, bijou back gardens, rockeries, water features, wildflower meadows, rare and unusual tree and plant species and more! Every visitor will find inspiration and great ideas on dealing with the heavy clay soil and those tricky parts of the garden where nothing seems to grow.
A FOG passport provides access to all the gardens with either a day or weekend pass. There is a walking route from the centre of the village and a guide to the properties that have parking at the property or close by.
The Village Hall is available throughout the day for morning coffee, light lunches and plant and produce sales as well as toilets. Many of the gardeners also provide refreshments and have plants available to buy.
All proceeds go to charity – generally, the Village Hall and St Peter’s Church but other local causes can be considered.
We hope to soon start planning an event for 2022 or 2023. If you would be interested in opening your garden, volunteering to help or renting table space for a stall, please contact Tara Davies on 01892 740897.
Fordcombe Christmas Fair
The Fordcombe Christmas fair is traditionally a festive gathering of Church School and the Village Community coming together to enjoy in the festive spirit of Christmas.
Father Christmas comes to visit the children and festive fun is to be had by all the family. Previous stalls have included a range of crafts, a raffle and a lucky dip for the kids. Teas and cakes are served as well as mulled wine.
All details of future fairs will be published in the parish magazine and newsletter.
Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon & Pop-up Cafe
Every February Fordcombe villagers enjoy cheering on runners in the Hendy Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon while enjoying a bacon butty and a cuppa from the pop-up-cafe. As the racers run up what is regarded as the most challenging part of the course – the steep 300 foot Spring Hill in Fordcombe – they receive an encouraging roar from the crowds as they head onwards towards the finish line.
Luncheon Club for retired locals is held at Fordcombe Village Hall on the second Thursday of every month except August. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet friends old and new over a delicious two-course meal.
Pre-booking is essential so that we can cater for the right numbers. Newcomers are most welcome. Small cover fee per person, payable on the day.
Please contact Kate Hargrave on 07788751485 to book.
Village Tea Room
The Fordcombe Village Team Room is run by local volunteers and bakers for the all the villagers to enjoy a lovely cup of tea and slice of cake with their fellow neighbours.
Village Tea Room dates are posted on the Fordcombe Village Facebook page and printed in the St Peter’s Church Parish magazine which can be read online here.
The Fordcombe Village Quiz Night usually takes place every six months at the Village Hall .
This is a very popular event with food and a paid bar and with the emphasis on having fun and not winning, an enjoyable night is guaranteed!