COLUMNIST: James Butcher’s Parish Points

I HAD great fun this week at the St Michaels and All Angels Church Summer Fete.

I had a go on the ‘human fruit machine’ which was hysterically funny and involved three people behind an upturned trestle table, with their eyes closed, pulling out pieces of fruit from a box. I did not win but it was certainly a novel idea.

The Sir Robert Woodward Academy’s community band played in the front of the grounds which meant passers-by could enjoy the fete too.

The whole day was very well organised with all sorts of stalls and attractions. My favourite was ‘plate smashing’ which, for the small fee of 50 pence, meant you could break a whole host of unwanted old crockery – an excellent way to unwind.

Back to council matters, Lancing Parish Council have signed off on the budget, design and location for a village clock.

Working with the Post Office we are hoping to install a classic designed drum clock above the doorway on the Post Office building.

The faces will look up and down North Road and it will make a nice addition to our street scene. Now that it has been agreed, it is only a matter of ‘time’ before it should be up and running…

I want to take the opportunity in my column to promote local events, goings-on and successes.

This week I’d like to mention the country market that takes place in Lancing Parish Hall every Friday morning.

I’ve been along and bought some local honey but they sell a variety of local produce, I would recommend a visit! If you know of an event in Lancing that you think I should be featuring then email me on or drop a note into the Parish Hall.