Billingshurst Show


Billingshurst Show 2007


A record crowd of over 3,000 enjoyed the Billingshurst Show at the Recreation Ground, Billingshurst last Sunday, which was blessed with fine weather for the occasion. 

The theme this year was “Space”, marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Sputnik in 1957, and Billingshurst faced its own alien invasion in the form of Dr. Who and a real Dalek who provided entertainment for the crowds lining the High Street to watch the Carnival Procession.

Led by the splendid Petworth Town Band, who also performed in the Arena later in the afternoon, the traditional Carnival Procession featured the Carnival Princess Bobby Edsor together with her attendant Molly Sweeney travelling in a vintage Bentley, followed by flower girls Ellie Fielder, Charlotte Wilkinson and Emily Wilkinson.  The crowds appreciated all the hard work put in by local groups in preparing the carnival floats on the Space theme, with aliens from outer space being a popular choice.  The prize for the best float went to Wakoos Centre 4 Children, with St. Gabriel’s Playgroup second and Dauxwood Pre-School Group third.  Brownies & Guides, Cubs, Billingshurst Dramatic Society, LornaBensonDanceSchool and BillingshurstFamilyChurch also produced excellent floats.

The Dog Show attracted a large number of entries, with a good mixture of local dogs and visitors from further afield.  The overall winner of Best Pedigree Dog was a St Bernard called Bruno belonging to Mrs. Wood from Farnborough.  Best Dog in the Novelty Classes was Scampi, a Lurcher belonging to Mrs. Edwards from Chichester.

Organising Committee Chairman Paul Starkey said: “The arena events kept people entertained all afternoon, with music, dancing, Space Hopper races and tractor pulling, plus a superb display from Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre which got quite exciting when one of the hawks was mobbed by some local crows.  For a while the skies above Billingshurst resembled a World War 2 dog fight, with the crows continually dive bombing the hawk.  Eventually however, the hawk showed them a clean pair of talons and zoomed off with a spectacular turn of speed”.

The showground was packed with stalls, games and attractions of all sorts, including a Space Gyro, a Punch and Judy Show, Drips Ahoy! (a fun outdoor theatre event by with a serious water-saving message run by Southern Water), Sumo wrestlers, a Balloon Race organized by the FamilyChurch, and dozens more.

Towering over the proceedings was a 20 foot high rocket specially built for the Show by Redmire Stables of Five Oaks, who also built a superbly detailed Tardis as well as K-9 to preside over the Dog Show.

Paul Starkey commented: “I’m extremely grateful to Steve Harvey and his team from Redmire Stables who have put a huge amount of effort into helping to make the Show such a success.  I’d like also to thank everyone on the Organising Committee, which is made up of Rotary Club members and supporters of Billingshurst Scouts & Guides, our many helpers beforehand and on the day, and our sponsors and advertisers.  The aims of the Show are to provide a great day out for the local community and to raise money for local charities.  This year we have raised a record £8,000 so we are delighted with how things have gone”.




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Billingshurst Rotary Club    Billingshurst Scouts & Guides

The Billingshurst Show is organised jointly by Billingshurst Scouts & Guides and Billingshurst Rotary Club. All proceeds from the show go to local charities. 

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Scouts & Guides: 305886
Rotary: 1024700

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