Billingshurst Show


Billingshurst Show 2010


A capacity crowd of over 3,000 enjoyed the Billingshurst Show at the Recreation Ground, Billingshurst on Sunday 20th June, taking advantage of the excellent weather.

The theme for the colourful Carnival Procession this year was “Oriental”, a popular choice judging by the record number of entries, with dragons and tigers to the fore.  Guest judges Xing and Xang, on leave from their official duties as resident philosophers to the King of Siam, concluded after much thought that Dauxwood Cubs were worthy winners of the prize for the best float, with a dead heat for second place between Billingshurst Brownies and St. Gabriels Playgroup, closely followed by Billingshurst Family Church.

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 Bethany Morris travelling in a vintage Alvis together with her attendants Erin Farnes and Ellie Fielder, and flower girls Nicolette Pucci, Katie Martin and Jessica Williams. 

Horsham Bluebelles made a welcome return, parading their baton twirling skills in the procession and again for the appreciative crowds in the arena at the showground.  The excellent rock band Indigo provided more musical entertainment during the procession and later n the afternoon.

A full programme of arena events included a superb demonstration of traditional Chinese dancing including the famous Lion Dance.  Canine Partners showed off the amazing skills of their dogs in providing help around the house to their partners.  On an altogether louder note, the British Lawn Mower Racing Association gave an exciting demonstration of their sport, whilst Spirit of Ishtar added an exotic note with their oriental dancing, and the Billingshurst Choral Society treated the crowd to songs from South Pacific, a taster for their Songs from the Shows concert on Saturday 26th June.

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, Essence of Asia, and Charles Wadey & Sons Ltd, 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 expect to raise over £9,000 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. 

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Scouts & Guides: 305886
Rotary: 1024700

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