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St Lawrence Fair 2018, Hurstpierpoint, photo round-up

St Lawrence Fair, annual community fair in village of Hurstpierpoint

St Lawrence Fair, annual community fair in village of Hurstpierpoint

By Nicola Stenning

Phew what a scorcher! One of the hottest Fair days that most of us on the committee can remember and we think one of the best ones (again).

Just a short write up from your Fair committee this month to say thank you once again for coming out and supporting us over Fair weekend. To all of you that attended and to all of you that gave your time in getting either yourselves or your children kitted out for the fantastic procession, to those who ‘flossed’ and those who tidied!

We have literally billions (well tens) of people to specifically thank and will try to draw that list up for an article in the September edition as we don’t want to miss anyone, and we are all still a little frazzled to be honest. 

You know who you are, and we couldn’t do this without you.

Have a great summer – from your Fair committee.

St Lawrence Fair, Hurstpierpoint, Fun Run 2018 results


By Benny Coxhill, Race Director

We celebrated this year’s theme of Victory with the long course race running past Danny House where the terms of the Armistice were drawn up 100 years ago at the end of the Great War. The runners may have been thinking more about the sweltering heat as they went by. It is a tough course, going over the top of Wolstonbury Hill, and we see many of the same faces each year enjoying the challenge. This year the sheep joined in at one point, blocking the route on Danny Drive, much to the marshal’s surprise.

Running came home this year as all the race winners were Hurstpierpoint residents. The full results can be found on the Fair website but the winners are listed below.

A special mention goes to Cerys Dickinson who started the short course but caught up with and decided to stick with the long course runners. Unfortunately we didn’t record an accurate time for her but we hope to see her next year when she may be challenging for a medal.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the sponsors: 
Places for People at the Triangle for prizes including gym membership for the long race winners and family swims for the Family Prize winners.
The Jog Shop in Brighton for race equipment and prize vouchers.
Burgess Hill Runners for use of their race equipment.
Hartley’s Off-Licence for the beautifully decorated bottles for the winners and water bottles on the course and at the end.
Ashley & Thomas and the Co-op for the bananas and sweets.

The event relies on our marshals and other volunteers, many from Burgess Hill Runners, without whom this could not have gone ahead. A special thanks to the Army Cadets who turned out in force for the fun run after helping stall holders since early in the morning. Also thanks to Kevin Battel from Run Britain for performing the Race Adjudicator duties once again, as well as running the race.

Top Results

Long course men:

1st 33.10 - Tom Roberts. Setting a new course record. Tom has moved up to the long course for the first time this year, having made the short course his own by winning the cup four times. As he is only 16 his prize bottle of wine went to his mother.

2nd 34.42 - Emil Pruden. A very creditable time considering he tripped and hurt himself.

3rd 36.07 - Alexander Rawlinson

Long course women:

1st 46.37 - Laura O’Grady Serrut. Exactly 2 minutes quicker than last year. Laura’s prize Prosecco was soon displayed on Facebook after the race.

2nd 49.58 - Geraldine Tyler on her first attempt at the race.

3rd 56.52 - Emily Webster also taking part for the first time.

Short course boys:

1st 12:24 - Freddie Shalloe. For the first time, narrowly beating Imogen at the finish. Freddie’s dad was taking part in the long run. 

2nd 13:02 - George Corke. A fun run regular, just outside the medals last year.

3rd 13:34 - Charlie Laing

Short course girls:

1st 12.27 - Imogen Reed. 24 seconds faster than last year and only 3 seconds behind Freddie. This was her third attempt.

2nd 15:56 - Hannah Jemmett

3rd 16:19 - Isabelle Chan

St Lawrence Fair, Hurstpierpoint, Sat 30th June 2018


 Hurst’s Got Talent : Saturday 16th June, 3.30pm.
Come and sing, dance, play an instrument, or act for us and the audience at The New Inn. Application forms are on our website. The winner will officially open Fair Day.

 ‘Cuckoo in the Nest’ : 16th June - 28th June. Sponsored by Mishon Mackay
Entry forms available from Mishon Mackay on the High Street for 50p. Can you spot what doesn’t belong in the window displays of the High Street shops?

 Pet Show : Sunday 17th June, from 12.30pm. Sponsored by Heath Vets
Small Pets : 12.30-1.15pm - Best Small Pet and Pat Venables Cup for best owner/keeper.
Dog Show : From 1.30pm with classes:
Best Junior Handler (U16s); Best Trick; Dog the Judge would most like to take home; Waggiest Tail; Prettiest Pooch; Most Handsome Hound. The Heath Cup - awarded to the dog in the best condition, and the Wright Cup - awarded to the winner of our veteran’s class. Each class entered is £1 per animal.

 Friday 29th June, South Avenue Rec:-
Teddy Bear’s Picnic : 12.30pm - 2.30pm.
Pre-schoolers - Bring your teddies and have some fun with cake decorating, a craft activity, carousel ride, magic show and an ice lolly. Voluntary contributions are gratefully received for this event.

 Junior Disco : 6pm - 7.30pm.
£4 a ticket, to include a snack, fruit and unlimited squash/water.
Age 4+. Sorry but due to the noise, activities and space constraints this is only open to over 4s (eg. school age) and we ask parents to please have fun outside the marquee - there will be plenty of tables/seating for you outside so you can sit nearby. Thank you.

 Family BBQ & Live Music : From 6pm.
Come and enjoy an evenings entertainment with live music, our BBQ and bar.

 Saturday 30th June, South Avenue Rec:-
Fair Day! : From 12pm. Headline Sponsor: Ansells of Sussex
Main sponsors : Hurstpierpoint College; Elite Choice Home Care; Adam Virgo Academy.

All the fun of the fair! Enjoy the procession, the main arena events, fun run, stalls, street food market, and the Harris’ funfair; details and maps will be in the main Fair Programme which you should receive hand-delivered!

St Lawrence Fair 2018, Hurstpierpoint - Road Closures

Road Closure Map for 2018 - click to enlarge

Procession Route & Road Closures

By St Lawrence Fair Committee

We thought it would be advisable this year to give all residents within the procession route, fair warning with the road closures on the day of the fair (Saturday 30th June 2018). The signs will go up with advance warnings, however what these won’t say is that we actually have them on a ‘rolling’ closure. Here we will try to explain and give timings as best we can, however please bear in mind these are approximate.

1. Procession starts from Marchants Road at approximately 1pm, however groups start assembling from about midday. Access to all side roads off Marchants Road will be from the Trinity Road end (marked 1a), but will be blocked at the Cuckfield Road end from 12.30pm for safety reasons. Once the procession has cleared Marchants Road, this road block will be removed. 

2. & 3. Cuckfield Road between these points will be closed from 1pm, until the procession makes it way up Western Road, at approximately 1.15pm. As soon as the whole procession is on Western Road, these road blocks will be removed.

4. & 5. Western Road will close between approximately 1.15pm and 1.50pm. The procession stops for a break at point 5. at 1.30pm for 15 minutes. It will then move onto the High Street and once cleared, Western Road will reopen.

6. 7. & 8. As soon as the procession reaches the High Street at approximately 1.45pm, this road will then be closed. Cuckfield Road at point 7. will temporarily close to allow the procession to move across the roundabout. As it moves along the High Street, road blocks 6. & 7. will be removed. The procession will reach South Avenue Recreation Ground at approximately 2pm, and once all safely in, the High Street will reopen.

Please also note the following:

We move at the speed of the slowest walking group and stop quite often along the route. 

We ask that everyone who lives or parks on the route to please try and find other parking temporarily so that our vehicles can get through pinch points easily; think of them as wider than a fire engine.  

The Round Table do a fantastic job of letting traffic through on the route until the last possible moment that roads need to be closed, but we can only man main junctions. We may ask you to pull in and park if necessary as side roads cannot be manned, e.g. off Western Road.

Many thanks for your co-operation and understanding. We hope you enjoy watching all the amazing walking and motorised floats!

Robert Harris - Village People feature

By Michèle Copeland

Which residents of Hurstpierpoint would not have heard of, or been to, the St Lawrence Fair? Yet how many of us know its history and the role that the Harris family has played over 100 years?

Harris Brothers Family Fun Fair - photo from the 80s

Though the Fair has been around for over 700 hundred years in Hurstpierpoint, it presumably started then to coincide with a cattle market trading day, which would have been very popular, first on Church Green (where the War Memorial now is) - the 1897 OS map has the area around the crossroads as ‘Market Place’. Later it moved a short distance away to the north to Lamb Platt, where London Terrace and North Terrace are now, opposite the entrance to Trinity Road. There are even entries in the school log citing occasions when the cattle spilled over into the road and prevented children going to school!

However, the link to Hurstpierpoint with the Harris brothers started in the 1860s and was made by John Harris, who had five sons and was a timber merchant with a yard in nearby Cuckfield. 

He came to the fairground business at the time of horse powered roundabouts and went on, with his sons, to be the first operator of steam roundabouts in Sussex. They first opened at Brighton Racecourse in Victorian times by supplying ‘amusements’ to fairgrounds .

[The full article is featured on the pages of the July 2017 issue of Hurst Life magazine]

Link: Harris Fun Fair website