Buzzing activity at St Barnabas church

From vintage bikes to homemade toys - St Barnabas church in Sea Road will see it all this weekend and promises to be vibrant with activity.

On Saturday, Cantelupe Community Association will be organising its regular Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair in the church.

Entrance is free, refreshments are available, and the church offers full disabled access and toilet facilities.

The Fair is open from 10am to 3pm and about 30 different stalls will be displaying crafts – from cakes, cards and cushions to toiletries and toys. For further information see

This event is held every month and known as Second Saturday Stands.

On Sunday, May 10, the church will host the 5th annual vintage motorcycle cavalcade which is presented each year by the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club to celebrate the life and times of Canon Basil Davies, former vicar of St. Barnabas.

He was also ‘Ixion’ the author, pioneer motorcyclist and journalist for ‘The Motor Cycle’ from 1903 until 1961.

A book about his life has been written by local bike enthusiast Dave Masters whose dream it has been to publicise this amazing character who was also a family man with six children.

The vintage motorcycles will be flagged off on their run at 10.30am by current day motorcyclist the Rt. Rev. Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes, who will then ride a 77 years old British Velocette on the Cavalcade.

After the usual Sunday service at 10.30 the bikers will return to the church at 12.30 for lunch and the presentation of awards. The bikes will be parked on display in the church car park and grounds for everyone to view from around 12.30 until about 3pm.