Christmas came early in Hurstpierpoint

Santa's Fun Sunday 2016

Last month the village turned out in huge numbers to get excited about Christmas and enjoy the day together.

Santa’s Fun Sunday, organised by a small group of business owners and residents, was a different way to get in the Christmas spirit as the High Street was closed for the day.

There were a variety of food and craft stalls lining the street, along with plenty of entertainment for and old alike. Stilt-walkers, giant bubble blowing and a snow machine being just some of the fun.

Gill Blackburn, one of the organisers, commented: “The weather was on our side, the village came out and the day was magical! It reminded me just how lucky I am to live in such a great village community.”

At the time of going to press the event had raised over £700 for Hurstpierpoint charity Cancervive. Thanks go to: All residents for their support (some of whom who had to put up with their road being closed), the traders, Burgess Hill Lions, the Community Charity Shop, staff at he Co-op, the Players Theatre, Holy Trinity Church, Sam Nixon and Zoe Thomson and all their performers, George who organised the musicians on the green, the amazing children’s choir from South Way School, Stephen & Chris from Gogglebox for switching on the lights, Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Common Parish Council – who promised a spectacular tree and delivered, Louise Sullivan and her husband for capturing the event in photos, Steve the marquee man, Hurst Chapel Choir, our Firefighters, Elsa and Olaf the stilt-walkers, our two Father Christmases, all the stallholders and the dream team Gill, Jules, Cat and Robbie!

The organisers would welcome feedback from anyone who attended this year’s event. Was the day better than the previously held late night shopping? How did it feel for you? Please email your views to so that they can build on the success of this year and make it even stronger next Christmas!

The photos here are taken by Louise Sullivan Photography - and these (and many more) can  be purchased as prints from her website with the profits going to Cancervive.