Bolnore Summer Fete 2019 - round-up

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By Gemma Coombes

Saturday 13th July saw the annual Bolnore Village Fete return to the Woodside on the Tim Farmer Recreation Ground. Work started early with all the preparations, and by noon all was ready for Mayor of Haywards Heath and Bolnore resident, Alastair McPherson, to open the event.

First up in the arena was BPM Dance Academy, who showcased their competition-winning Street Dance routines, as solos, pairs and crews – setting a high tempo at the fete right from the off. Next, keeping the energy levels up was Bounce and Burn who showed off their fitness and stamina, working out to music on mini trampolines. Sussex Supremes showed the crowd their baton twirling skills in between the various rounds of the Dog Show, expertly run by Mewes Vets, enabling the competitors to show off their furry best friends. Meanwhile, over on the netball courts, Woodside Netball team showed their skills with a series of hard fought exhibition matches.

[Read the full story in the August 2019 issue of Cuckfield Life magazine]

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Cuckfield Music Festival 2019

Cuckfield Music Festival

Only two months to go until the first Cuckfield Music Festival!

The inaugural event will take place between 15th and 23rd June when there will be ten events, of which three are free entry, in five Cuckfield venues.

There will be classical and jazz performances; a cappella singing; virtuoso piano playing; Greek folk music in a beautiful garden; and folk songs, madrigals, pop and classical with the Magnificat Choir from Hungary joining forces with our very own Cuckoo Choir.

Who could ask for anything more? Well, there is more, as you’ll find out by going to the website at www.cuckfieldmusicfest.co.uk .

Leanne is the new mayor of Cuckfield

Leanne Knappman, Cuckfield Mayor 2018

Leanne Knappman, Cuckfield Mayor 2018

By Mike Schlup

October 2018 saw the annual election of the Independent State of Cuckfield’s Mayor. The event took place at the White Harte on the evening of Friday 19th October, with five candidates standing. Votes are cast in the form of pennies and the candidate with the most pennies, or votes, at 11pm when the polls closed is declared the winner. It soon became apparent that Leanne Knapman was heading for a landslide victory and, sure enough, she finished with a phenomenal total of over one million votes! It’s only taken her 14 years to finally win but during that time she has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes, more than any other candidate.

Overall this year, the candidates raised almost £11,000 which will be distributed to local good causes. More details on this in future issues.

On Saturday the sun was shining as the new Mayor began her procession from Warden Park school, along London Lane, around Brainsmead and down to the High Street. Hundreds of spectators lined the streets to welcome the new Mayor, cheering and clapping as she passed by in her open top car. The procession was supported by the fantastic Burgess Hill Marching Youth Band and the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps.

There were many fabulous floats but the winners were, in 1st place, Holy Trinity School, 2nd Cuckfield Scouts and 3rd Cuckfield Preschool. Winning the prize for best walking group were BPM with their silent disco and fantastic make-up. The new mayor was welcomed at The Talbot by the Sheriff of Cuckfield where she was presented with the keys to the town and a celebratory drink. The Talbot also kindly provided all the event marshals and helpers with a drink for their efforts.