While near neighbour Oxted rocked for three nights at its annual Beer Festival, Lingfield hosted its very first Lingfest.
Organised by a group of volunteers, backed by the Parish Council and inspired by a call to bring back community-wide gatherings, Lingfest took place in the village’s Jenners Field.
And the hundreds and hundreds of people, young and old, who turned up at the free, ticket only party in the park left the organisers in no doubt - the first Lingfest was a massive hit and will become a permanent fixture in Lingfield’s summer calendar.
Music came from The Swinghearts, Sloe Gin, The Strums, United Stoats Of America, Noble Jacks and Into The Blue. Childrens activities included a forest school with Little Chums pre-school, nursery and action rhymes from Wee One’s Day Nursery, a dance demonstration from Evolution Dance Academy, Rosie’s Coffee Lounge hosted a teddy bear’s picnic, the Lingfield Primary School Association laid on a treasure trail, ceramic pottery painting was by Doodle Dish, and glitzy glitter tattoos were provided by the PSDS Down’s Syndrome Charity.
Lingfield volunteers ran a prosecco tent, Dean Lee and his team from the Lingfield Greyhound pub were behind the beer tent, Lee Cook and his team produced the big roast and barbecue, soft drinks and water, and the Lingfield and Dormansland Meals On Wheels laid on teas, coffees and cakes.
The compere for the eight hour event was Richard Leader of Meridian FM and sponsors included The Greyhound, Big Lottery Fund, Howard Cundey estate agent, Robert Leech estate agent, The Star Inn pub Lingfield, Alex Jones funeral director, Barge Tiles, Beauty and Beyond, Lucie Mason florist, Scandia Has, Chartham Park, Hearnden Associates, Love Fairs, Matthews master cobbler, Merrett Management, The Old House At Home, Dormansland.
Photos kevin black