Cuckfield Village Show: Sat 7th Sept 2019

By Jill Butler, Vice Chair, Cuckfield Society

Cuckfield Village Show entry classes 2019

Roll up, roll up for the Cuckfield Society’s 14th Village Show at the Cuckfield Baptist Church ,which will be opened by our President Stephen Cockburn.

The village show (which starts at 2pm on Saturday 7th September) exhibits the work of local artists, bakers, dressmakers, photographers and gardeners. Any produce submitted for judging may be donated and auctioned off at the end of the show, so stand by for some interesting boxes of fruit, flowers, cakes, etc. at 4.20pm.

Local traders donated an excellent number of gifts for a silent auction. Amounts can be written on a slip next to an item and then anyone can top that bid by as little as 1p (including you). When bidding stops at 4pm, the last and highest bidder can buy the item.

This year sees a bumper selection of entertainment with two sets from David Spear No Strings Attached plus young musicians from Warden Park School including singer-songwriter Ellie Hagan and Holly Townsend with her band, plus musicians James and Jude from the Brighton-based music college BIMM. In addition, we have pony rides for children (hats/insurance included) and of course, the excellent home-made cakes from the WI, as well as ice creams. The Monday Group will be selling their bird boxes, bee houses, etc. and the NSPCC will be selling spring bulbs.

The Baptist Church sponsored sunflower competition judging is at 3pm. Cups are presented at 3.30pm. Show schedules are available from the Candy Store, Pet & Country Store at Whitemans Green, and the Co-ops.

Please do come along and support your local show. Monies raised go towards good local causes such as the Cuckfield Museum, Holy Trinity school books, Bookfest, Musicfest and the New England Wood Trust.

Cuckfield Village Show - photo round-up 2016

Cuckfield Village Show 2016

Despite a damp day, Cuckfield donned raincoats to head down to this year’s Village Show. They enjoyed the usual fantastic exhibits and got to see who had won what. Fortunately there was no #chutneygate as Jill Archer was not on hand to steal the prize from winner Sally Forth!

After 11 years, the committee feel it is time to pass the organisation on to fresh hands so are looking for fans of the show to step up. To make this a less daunting task, they have been looking at ways to simplify the process and have taken the decision to try a new venue, so the 2017 show will take place on Saturday 9th September at Cuckfield Baptist Church.

Jo Roche, one of the outgoing team, says: “Although we love the traditional feel of a marquee in the beautiful surroundings of Cuckfield Park, it is not without its challenges. Not only are we at the mercy of the weather, but the physical work of setting up & clearing away all the tents and running a kitchen in a field is quite a task. The Baptist Church offers the right amount of space and has great links to the outdoor areas so there will still be room for the band and other elements which we love.”

The committee need volunteers to come forward NOW so they can shadow them for a year to learn the ropes, ready to go it alone in 2018. Jo says: “sadly if we do not get anyone to work with us this year, the show will not be able to happen as we need to ensure a hand over is in place.”

If you can help please email jo @ pjroche.com. The next meeting will be in November when next year’s classes will be chosen so it’s a great time to start.