Billingshurst Show


Billingshurst Show 2009


A capacity crowd of over 3,000 enjoyed the Billingshurst Show at the Recreation Ground, Billingshurst last Sunday, taking advantage of the fine weather.

The theme for the colourful Carnival Procession this year was “Jungle”, a popular choice judging by the record number of entries.  Judging was difficult due to the very high standard of entries, but in the end the prize for the best decorated float went to St Gabriels Playgroup, with Dauxwood Preschool and WAKOOS taking second and third prizes.

Led again by the splendid Petworth Town Band, who also performed at the Show later in the afternoon, the traditional Carnival Procession featured the Carnival Princess Natasha Glaysher travelling in a vintage Alvis together with her attendants Amy James and Lauren Marshall, closely followed by flower girls Sophie White, Katie Martin and Ella Dronfield.  Horsham Bluebelles showed off their baton twirling skills in the procession and again for the appreciative crowds in the arena at the showground.  There was a special guest appearance from up and coming rock group K.T.19 who showed throughout the afternoon why they are a name to look out for.

A full programme of arena events included an exciting demonstration from the British Lawn Mower Racing Association, getting the afternoon off to a roaring start, a dog behavior display from celebrity dog trainer Amy Hatcher, a scrambling context between Cubs and Brownies, and a tug of war laid on by explorers Nigel and Fiona, passing through Billingshurst en route to the wilds of the Upper Limpopo.

Organising Committee Chairman Paul Starkey 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 here today enjoying the fine weather and the wide range of attractions, stalls and arena events, and it’s particularly good to see so many stalls from the local community.”

Paul Starkey commented: “Many people contribute to making the Billingshurst Show a success, and 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, especially our Principal Sponsors Redmire Stables, Coco’s of Billingshurst, Billingshurst Service Repair & MOT Centre, and Harwoods of Pulborough, who have all been extremely generous with their support.”

“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 well over £8,000 which represents a great effort from all concerned.”




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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. 

Charity registration numbers:
Scouts & Guides: 305886
Rotary: 1024700

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