By Neil Constantine, co-chair
The first thing we want to make sure that you all know is that this year the Fair will be on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June – a week earlier than normal. This is because our friends at Harris Fair have an event clash which happens every five years or so.
In our last article we explained that we were basing our theme on World War I and the role that Hurstpierpoint took in the peace declaration.
Following lots of discussion the theme is VICTORY. We hope this gives our fabulous traders and procession floats a nice wide scope for decorations and costumes.
And so on to the procession. Our procession organiser remains Phil Willoughby, who will, once again, be at the forefront of our fantastic procession.
If you would like to apply to take part in the procession, please email him on: phil@ caldywood.co.uk
You will recall we helped Father Christmas travel around the village in December, and it was great to see everyone out to support him. A big thank you to Gareth and Crispin from Burgess Hill Round Table for their support. We raised over £400 towards the 2018 Fair. We’re sorry if you missed him, but the great news is that this year he has asked us to help him out again and this time he wants to see even more of you so has asked if we can tow his sleigh around on three nights and cover even more of our streets. Look out for more info later in the year.
Bridget Hamilton, an ex-committee member, is launching herself into something new as you may have read in Hurst Life – Cycling without Age Hurst and Hassocks. Always wanting to support our friends and local causes, we are pleased to announce that we are donating £400 to this cause to help get this amazing project off the ground locally. This takes this year’s charity donations to £2,500. We wish everyone well in this new endeavour.
Excitingly, we welcome some new committee members too – Sophie Rees has joined us to focus on Social Media and Marketing. Sarah Burnell and Becky Orpin have also joined us to take over the running of the children’s events, so look out for news of these activities in future issues of this magazine.
Information can also be found on our Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Lastly, we are in the process of drawing up our sponsorship and advertising packages, so, local businesses, if you are interested in hearing about them please email us on stlawrencefair at gmail.com, and for any other queries please also use this email address. Any potential stall holders can email stlawrencefair.stalls @gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s events.