Billingshurst Show


Billingshurst Show 2011



A capacity crowd of over 3,000 enjoyed the Billingshurst Show at the Recreation Ground, Billingshurst on Sunday 19th June.

Jessica MartinThe theme for the colourful Carnival Procession this year was “Musicals”, with the floats ranging from golden oldies like The Wizard of Oz to current hits like Shrek. 

Led again by the splendid Petworth Town Band, who also performed at the Show later in the afternoon, the procession featured the Carnival Princess Jessica Martin with attendants Rose Moran and Victoria Sachs, and Flower Girls Saskia Rohlandt, Alexis Hendriksen and Hollie Laker.

Peter Woodman, Headmaster of the Weald School, took on the difficult task of choosing the winning entries from the many excellent floats entered in the procession, and declared Billingshurst Brownies to be the winning float, with Dauxwood Cub Pack second and Billingshurst Family Church third.

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 local rock band We Don’t Do Mornings provided more musical entertainment during the procession and later n the afternoon.

The Sound of MusicThe Sandra Wilson School of Dance performed at the show for the first time.  The school caters for children of all ages, and they entertained the audience with some great dancing to The Sound of Music and Grease.

The full programme of arena events included two superb displays from Richard Curtis and his K9 Freestyle Dancing Dogs.  Richard is one of the UK's leading Heelwork to Music & Canine Freestyle handlers, and he won the international freestyle competition at Crufts 2011.  The Army Cadets then demonstrated their teamwork in assembling kit cars in no time at all.  The winners were the Red team, who constructed their kit car in just over two minutes, edging out the Light Blues in a tight finish.

Continuing the musical theme, the Weald School provided a dance display and the Billingshurst Choral Society covered popular musical numbers.

The Dog Show again attracted a good mixture of local dogs and visitors from further afield, with over 70 dogs entered.  The overall winner of Best Pedigree Dog in Show was a beautiful Irish Red and White Setter called Kirsty owned by Mrs. Harrison from Tadworth.  A tiny puppy called Pippa, owned by Alison Wilkinson of Billingshurst, won the Cutest Puppy class as well as Best Novelty in Show, judged by the Carnival Princess, so winning its owner a husky ride around Anchorage Farm.  Thanks were due to Springfield Press and Maltman Cosham Veterinary Clinic for sponsoring the Pedigree/Obedience and Novelty classes.

Organising Committee Chairman Paul Starkey said: “It was great to see so many people here today enjoying the 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 Coco’s of Billingshurst, Essence of Asia, and Gozone, 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 £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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