The daffodils have boldly defied the Beast, and the birds are finding their voices, all of which tells me that we are now hurtling into spring. By the time you read this, there will only be just under a month to go before the village is awash with stripy shirts and berets with the visit of our friends from Orchestre d’Harmonie de Dinan in Brittany. We are really looking forward to meeting them all and being a part of their concert at St. Dunstan’s Church on Saturday 19th May at 7pm. Just to remind you, OHD are a community wind orchestra based in Dinan, where they are fortunate to be linked with the Town’s conservatoire. Unlike us, the French “Harmonie” has a woodwind section, so it’s a very different sound to the British brass band, and as we are expecting an orchestra of 30-35 players on the night, it should be a great concert. The programme will be a mixture of light orchestral and popular music, and as well as joining forces with them for a couple of their pieces, we will also be playing some brass quartets, thus creating a variety of musical textures to enhance your enjoyment of the evening. We are also promised some goodies from Brittany for interval refreshments, and there will be a free raffle of some Gallic delights. We are privileged and honoured that they have  chosen to come to Mayfield, and we do hope that you will come and join us for this unique evening and a flavour of France. Tickets will go on sale towards the end of April, and will be available from Burnett’s  in the High Street.

It will be a fitting end to a day of Royal celebration, and coincidentally also marks the saints’ days of St Dunstan and St Yves of Brittany. So the omens are all pointing to something special, and when you factor in the high probability of Haz and Megs becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, people will be singing “Sussex by the Sea” into the early hours. The day will go down in Mayfield history, and everyone will remember where they were on 19th May 2018!!

That all assumes that we have recovered from the Mayfair the week before, where the band will again be playing for the maypole dancers. It may be simple folk music, but when you’ve played 16 repetitions of “Barwick Green”, it gets a bit tough on the lip. Nonetheless, it’s always a fun day, and this is another unique  occasion that Mayfield is blessed with that which is not to be missed. So much to look forward to!

Simon Rudge 872007