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Children’s TV stars at Billingshurst Show

A crowd of more than 3,000 enjoyed the Billingshurst Show, helped by fine weather despite all the recent rain.

The theme for the carnival procession was Kids’ TV, with Phil Gallagher, from CBeebies’ Mister Maker, and Sue Jameson, Great Aunt Loretta in Grandpa in My Pocket, judging the floats. First prize went to St Gabriels Playgroup, with Billingshurst Family Church second and WAKOOS third.

Led by the Petworth Town Band, which also performed later, the procession featured Carnival Princess Katie Martin and attendant Hollie Wilson in a vintage Bentley, and flower girls Olivia Falkner, Emily Kelly and Clara Chamizo.

The crowds were entertained with a full programme of events at the Recreation Ground, including Horsham Bluebelles, Southern Starlight Pom Pom Troupe and Richard Curtis with his K9 Freestyle Dancing Dogs. The afternoon also featured music and dancing from The White Falcons, West Hill Morris Men and St Cements Clogs, another successful dog show, and stalls and attractions for all the family.

Paul Starkey, chairman of the organising committee said: “We try to make sure that the Billingshurst Show is a real traditional, family-friendly village show. It was great to see so many people and particularly good to see so many stalls from the local community.

“The aims of the show are to provide a great day out and to raise money for local charities. This year we expect to raise over £8,000, which represents a great effort from all concerned.”

Uncertainty over the weather did not put off the hundreds of funseekers who enjoyed the annual Storrington Village Day at the Recreation Ground.

Arena events included a birds of prey display, a children’s dance routine from Storrington First School, a gymnastics display by Southcoast Zodiacs and advice on good dog control by Amy Hatcher. A parade of classic vehicles was a real hit, thanks to members of Storrington and District Classic and Sportscar Enthusiasts (SADCASE) and other car enthusiasts.

Village Day chairman Tony Vaughan said: “It was great that so many members of the community of all ages attended the event and enjoyed the day.”

‘Where will the Chicken poo?’ was one of the more unusual elements of the Lower Beeding Jubilee Summer Fete, which went ahead despite gazebos being damaged or destroyed by high winds.

Jean Black, of the Lower Beeding Association, said: “Special praise goes to Kevin Cockram, who almost single-handily over the last few months co-ordinated what turned out to be probably the most frustrating morning of his life. Many grateful thanks go to those silent helpers behind the scenes who worked so hard in the days running up to the fete.

“I’m sure all those attended really appreciated the event. They must have done because they turned out in the most awful weather.”

More than £5,000 was raised at Wisborough Green Primary School’s Summer Fayre.

Simon Butcher-Collier, chairman of the school’s PTA, said: “We were delighted that so many people joined us and helped us raise such a significant amount of money for the school. The fayre is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout.”

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