Previous East Preston Village Festivals

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A Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017 – Festival of the Year

WINNEREAST PRESTON FESTIVAL

Festival of the year award

Winning the Sussex Life ‘Festival of the Year’ on Thursday 28th September is a huge achievement not only for the Festival Committee and the volunteer Festival Makers, but also for all the people of East Preston. Without the amazing support of everyone, East Preston Festival would not be the success it is and has been for the past 36 years. Being Chairman this year, I feel very privileged to be part of a wonderful village where everybody supports each other to bring the community together as one.

The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards has 17 categories that celebrate all that is finest in Sussex Life. We were shortlisted in the Festival of the Year category and members of our Committee were invited to the Metropole Hotel in Brighton for the Awards Evening and to hear the announcement of the winning Festival – US! We have many photos to share with you soon.

This recognition is so richly deserved and is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of so many. Congratulations EVERYONE.

Kerry Frost – Chairman, East Preston Festival
October 2017

2017 Festival and Carnival Photos

Visit Flickr to see the Festival and Carnival photos

East Preston Festival Facebook page
You can now visit and follow the East Preston Festival Facebook page.

Festival Programme

The full programme is now available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets. An online version can be viewed via this link. You can buy your tickets for events, from 21 April.

Friday 2nd June to Sunday 11th June

Preparations for the 2017 East Preston Village Festival are well under way and the Festival Committee is already planning a full programme. The theme for this year’s Festival Parade and Scarecrow Competition is ‘Heroes, Heroines and Villains’ so get planning now. Think of characters from comic books, the movies, fiction, real life – or surprise us with your choice. Favourite Festival events returning are the Craft Fair, Antiques Valuation Day, Funfair, Dog Show, Phoenix Big Band Night and Shuffleboard evening. The Floral Club’s three-day Exhibition of Art and Flowers will be back and celebrating their 50th anniversary.

There will be competitions for everyone and a Festival Prize Draw with fabulous prizes. As well as the regular well-established programme, each year the Committee look for something new to introduce into the Festival and this year, on opening night, we have the fabulous Vox Beatles, the UK’s leading professional authentic Beatles Tribute – come along and recreate the swinging sixties!

The Open Gardens and Art Trail already includes many perennial favourites, but new participants opening their gardens and wishing to exhibit their artwork/handicrafts are always most welcome. We’re not looking for the perfect garden: any size, any style; natural or planned; wild or cultivated – all are of interest to the garden lovers who take the tour. Many people who open their gardens also use the opportunity to raise funds for their favourite charity (by having a sales table, providing teas, organising a raffle) and some gardens display the work of our talented local artists. The Open Gardens and Art Trail will take place on Saturday 3rd June and Monday 5th June from 2pm to 5pm. If you would like to be part of this event, whether gardener or artist, please email eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

The Festival Committee also organise many other fund-raising events throughout the year, so here are some dates to look forward to:

Indoor Boot Sale – Saturday 11th February, 9.30am to 12 noon, Village Hall
Antiques Market – Sunday 12th March, 10am to 4pm, Village Hall
Diva Girls Tribute Night – Saturday 25th March, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Village Hall
Craft Fair – Saturday 8th April, 10am to 4pm, Village Hall

 

East Preston Festival Annual Meeting 2016

The East Preston Festival Annual Meeting opened with Committee Secretary Jackie Pilcher announcing that Kerry Frost will take over as Chairman following the resignation of Ian Gordon. The outgoing Chairman, who has led the Festival since 2013, was thanked for taking over when the future of the Festival was in doubt, for his legacy of trying new events and for establishing the Festival Prize Draw, which has greatly increased revenue, and the popular Scarecrow Competition. Jackie then introduced five new committee members, which brings the committee back to full strength.

During the meeting the many local good causes supported by the Festival received cheques from the distribution of proceeds raised by the Committee led events that took place during this year’s Festival and throughout the year. The total amount given out to these groups was £9,000, making a total of £34,000 that has been ploughed back into the community by the present committee over the last four years. In addition to this, many clubs, societies and charities active in the village raised funds for themselves by holding their own events during the Festival, and groups taking part in the Procession collected a record-breaking £1,682.62 for their own causes from street collections on the day. These are separate sums which do not pass through the hands of the Festival Committee but go directly to the groups concerned.

New Chairman, Kerry Frost, told the meeting she is honoured to have been elected and looks forward to another successful year. She praised the Committee for their hard work and commitment and thanked East Preston Parish Council for assisting financially by covering the insurance for Festival events and expressed how grateful the Committee are to the Council for this financial commitment and for their general encouragement. She also thanked the Festival Makers and the Procession Marshals, without whom it would not be possible to stage the Festival and who contribute so much to its success. Committee members and volunteers have always given their services free, their aim being to promote East Preston and help unite the community. She also praised the people of East Preston for their continued support and patronage of events and said that their wholehearted involvement helps make it a village to be proud of.

The 2017 East Preston Festival will take place from Friday 2nd June to Sunday 11th June and is already in the planning stage. The theme for the Carnival Procession and Scarecrow Competition will be ‘Heroes, Heroines and Villains’.

Click here for a full list of organisations receiving donations in 2016.

East Preston Festival 2016 (35th Anniversary Year)

Friday 3rd June to Sunday 12th June

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13 June – The first three photo albums from Festival Week are now available. Click the PHOTOS link at the top or go directly to the Dog Show, Carnival or the Open Gardens photo album. Watch out for more photos during the coming days.

15 June – WHO Racing Slot CarsHere’s a link to the photos taken at this event

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A full programme of events is now in place for this year’s Festival with the Barn Dance, hosted once again by Squinty McGinty’s Band, on Saturday 4th June; a Shuffleboard Evening on Monday 6th June; the popular Phoenix Big Band on Thursday 9th June and, on Friday 10th June, an Elton John Tribute Night, performed by Paul Bacon, winner of the 2013 National Tribute Awards. You won’t believe you’re not watching the real thing! Tickets will be on sale from the usual box offices from 25th April.

Please note that we will no longer be serving alcohol at Festival Committee evening events, only soft drinks will be on sale. However, you are welcome to bring your own beer and wine (no glasses, please – plastic ‘glasses’ will be available).

Festival favourites returning are the Craft Fair, Antiques Valuation Morning, the 29 Charity and Community Market; the Antiques and Collectables Market; a Scarecrow Tour and the Open Gardens and Art Trail. As well as the events led by the Festival Committee, please support the many other fund-raising events organised by individuals and community groups under the umbrella of the Festival to raise money or awareness for their own cause or in support of their favourite charities. The Festival Carnival Parade will be on Saturday 11th June and the Fun Novelty Dog Show on Sunday 12th June. The theme for this year’s Festival Parade is ‘Children’s Book Characters’, so come along and see if your favourite kids’ fiction is represented.

There will be fun for all the family starting with a Punch & Judy Show at the Seaview Hotel on Friday 3rd June. Enjoy traditional children’s entertainment with two shows between 3pm and 6pm while trying the tasty Seaview barbecue. On Monday 6th June Scotty’s Circus Workshop will be at Warren Cricket Field from 10am to 1pm where children (and adults!) can have a go at various circus skills such as plate spinning, juggling, diabolos and walking on stilts. On Saturday 11th June Who Racing will once again be in the Warren Room at the Village Hall from 10am to 3pm to host Micro-Scalextrics Slot Car Racing; in the Miller Barn there will be an Exhibition of Model Railways by members of the Bognor Railway Club and from 10am to 4pm we will have a 5 inch gauge Live Steam Train in the Village Hall Car Park. Take a ride on this beautiful miniature steam train for only 50p. Coles Funfair is returning to Lashmar Recreation Ground and will be open from 6pm on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June and from 1pm on Saturday 11th June. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all Festival events.

There are also many other events staged by local clubs and pubs throughout Festival Week, Including the fabulous Party on the Green with its traditional tug of war; music evenings at the Clockhouse Bar; Bingo nights at the Royal British Legion Club and live music from Miller Anderson and Bob Brookes at the Seaview Hotel. Local Sports Clubs have events for non-members, so try your hand at golf, badminton, tennis and bowls or challenge the chess champs at the Seaview Hotel. Arun Duplicate Bridge Club will be holding a Festival Bridge Drive, all players welcome.

More Information, and Downloadable PDFs

The full programme will be delivered to all households in East Preston. It is also available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets, and can be viewed on this website.
Click this link for the Full 2016 Programme

Take part in the Front Garden Scarecrow competition
For more details and information on the prizes click here

There will be a Children’s Shop Window Book Hunt competition
Click here to find out how to enter

Once again we are holding a Festival Photo Competition
Click this link to find out more

The Festival Prize Draw with fabulous prizes
Click this link to find out what they are

Road Closures for East Preston Carnival
Click this link for details and timings

Contact the Festival Committee

If you have any enquiries, comments or suggestions, or would like to join our volunteer team of ‘Festival Makers’ please email eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

 

East Preston Festival Annual Meeting October 2015

The East Preston Festival Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday 20th October at the Conservative Hall with many local good causes receiving cheques from the money raised by the Committee led events that took place during this year’s Festival and throughout the year. The amount distributed to community groups this year will total over £9000 and includes a contribution towards the creation of a Memory Garden at East Preston Junior School. The Chairman also announced that, as in the previous two years, a nominated amount would be set aside for a village project and this year, at a recent committee meeting, it was decided to finance a Wildflower Meadow in the area known as Two Acres.

In addition to this money, the other organisations that hold events under the umbrella of the Festival raised a similar amount for their various causes, and groups taking part in the Procession collected £951.61 from street collections on the day. These are separate sums which do not pass through the hands of the Festival Committee but goes directly to them.

The Chairman thanked the local businesses who sponsored events or helped with the running of the Festival, his Committee and the team of hardworking, experienced ‘Festival Makers’ without whom it would not be possible to run the Festival or the other fundraising events held throughout the year. Thanks were also extended to East Preston Parish Council who help financially by covering the insurance for the Festival and other fund-raising events. The Chairman expressed how grateful the Committee are to the Council for this financial commitment and for their general encouragement. He also praised the people of East Preston for their continued support and patronage of events, as without this support there would be no Festival.

The 2016 East Preston Festival will take place from Friday 3rd June to Sunday 12th June and is already being planned, with lots of ideas for new events alongside the favourites.

2015 Festival (Friday 29th May to Sunday 7th June)

Update 4 July…

This year’s ten-day Festival was a great success with a record number of visitors to the village. Evening events were sold out before the Festival even began and we disco-danced at Abba Night and reeled to Squinty McGinty’s Band at the Barn Dance. The Phoenix Big Band, as usual, played to a packed house, Arun Young Musicians impressed us with their talent and the Fashion Show made a successful return. A wide variety of events catered for all ages and interests: there were coffee mornings, tea parties, garden fetes and sequence dancing; a Punch and Judy Show, micro-slot car racing and model plane flying; a Shuffleboard evening, chess challenge and golf tournament.

The Craft Fair, Antiques & Collectables Market, 29 Market and Art and Flowers Exhibition attracted good crowds, there were long queues at the Antiques Valuation morning and the Open Gardens and Art Trail was more popular than ever.

People lined the streets to watch the Festival Carnival Parade with bands, dancers, floats and walking groups and awards were presented to those judged the best representations of the ‘At the Seaside’ theme, a very difficult choice for the judges this year. Every dog in the village (or so it seemed) turned out with their owners for the Dog Show on the Village Green and fabulous prizes were won in the Grand Prize Draw. The Festival ended with an open air Songs of Praise service led by Father John Lyon and Lancing Royal British Legion Brass Band.

Our sincere thanks go to the many local businesses who donated prizes or sponsored events; to the pubs, clubs, organisations and community groups who staged their own events under the umbrella of the Festival and to East Preston Parish Council for its financial help. Huge thanks also to our experienced team of volunteer Festival Makers: we couldn’t do it without you.

Most of all, thank you to everyone who came to events, entered competitions, took the tours and joined in so wholeheartedly with the spirit of the Festival. Your enthusiastic support makes all the hard work worthwhile and we look forward to seeing you next year:

The dates for Festival 2016 are Friday 3rd June to Sunday 12th June

If you would like to be involved with next year’s Festival, please email the Festival Committee on eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

Here’s a link to the results of this year’s competitions, Grand Prize Draw, awards for the best carnival groups. We’ve also added more photos to the Village Flickr album.

6 June and 15 June updates …

Visit the Village Flickr album for the photos we took at today’s carnival. Here’s a link to the album. If we’ve taken a photo of someone you don’t want appear in the album, please contact us with the photo number.
And here’s a link to some photos in a blog called The Dogs Of East Preston Village Dog Show from Scott Ramsey Photography.

16 May update …

The full programme is now available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets.

Once again there is a Scarecrow competition in which all the family can take part.
For more information click the link.

This year the Festival Photo Competition has two categories: adults and under 16s.
Click the link to find out more.

Don’t miss the Childrens’ Boat Hunt Competition.
Click the link for details on how to enter.

Contact Us

Please feel free to telephone any one of us (details below) with your suggestions or send them to the Festival’s new email address eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

We are also keen to expand our volunteer group to help with some of the tasks, not only during the Festival but before and after. We need your support to make the East Preston Village Festival a success, so if you have any enquiries, comments, suggestions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact us.

 

Video of East Preston Carnival 2014

Message from James Robinson, who made the video…

I am a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) student at Highbury College. As part of my journalism training, and in fitting with the new technologies journalists have to help illustrate their stories, we were given the option to take a module in Video Journalism. One element of this module was to design, film and edit a small video (2-3 min) that could be used on a local newspaper website. I contacted the Festival Committee and they were happy to let me do this on Carnival Day. My piece was about the annual East Preston Village Festival Carnival that took place in June this year. This is the finished piece that was submitted as part of my final coursework.

Friday 30th May to Sunday 8th June, 2014

Click here for the East Preston Village Festival Photos

Look out for our Festival Information Centre situated at the Village Hall between 10 am and 12 noon from Saturday 31st May to Tuesday 3rd June and at various other locations around the Village on the lead up to the Festival. Full details on all events will be available and Grand Prize Draw tickets will be on sale. Come along and find out more about your Festival.

The full programme of events is now available at the Library and selected Village retail outlets. It is also available on this website.

Click this link for a key events listing

Latest Updates and News

8 June – The final Sunday and Dog Show photos
7 June – All the Carnival Day photos are now online
7 June – Bollywood comes to East Preston
6 June – Photos of the Prize Giving and all the winners so far.
5 June – Jazz in the Garden, Silver Surfers, Vintage Tea Party photos added.
4 June – Final scarecrows, Open Gardens photos and Event photos added to the Gallery.
2 June – More scarecrows and Open Gardens photos added to the Flickr Gallery.
24 May – Here are the winning children’s poems, sponsored by ‘Owls about Town’.

Competitions, Races and Prize Draw

Take part in the Garden Scarecrow competition – fun for all the family
For more details and information on the prizes click here

There will be a Children’s World Cup Flag Hunt
Click here to find out how to enter

Once again, we are holding a Festival Photo Competition
Click this link to find out more

Buy tickets for our Grand Prize Draw and a chance to win one of eight fabulous prizes
Click this link to find out what they are

Contact Us

Please feel free to telephone any one of us (details below) with your suggestions or send them to the Festival’s new email address eastprestonfestival@hotmail.co.uk

We are also keen to expand our volunteer group to help with some of the tasks, not only during the Festival but before and after. We need your support to make the East Preston Village Festival 2014 a huge success, so if you have any enquiries, comments, suggestions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact us.

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East Preston Village Festival 2013

Click here for Festival 2013 photos (final update 15 June at 18.00)

2013 Festival Roundup

Summer arrived just in time for the Festival and we were blessed with good weather throughout. There were 98 events spread over ten days with something for everyone. The evening events varied from an Elvis Presley Tribute by Eel Fish Parsley to an Arun Young Musicians Concert, also included were a Fashion Show by M & Co of Littlehampton and the Phoenix Big Band. Day events included a Craft Fair, Antiques and Collectables Market, and the Village Market and Bake Off Café.

On Sunday 2nd June, the British Legion held the Party on the Green with a real ale marquee, boules, live music, a hog roast and the Tug o’ War. On Saturday 8th June we had the Festival Carnival Procession with floats and walking groups, with awards presented to the best dressed float and group. During the Procession through the Village centre, new Butcher, Howards, had an outside BBQ selling super size hamburgers and hot dogs with 50p from each going to Festival Funds. The Procession ended at Lashmar Recreation Ground where we had Coles Funfair and The Family Fun Afternoon which included a demonstration of drumming by the Samba Experience, other stalls included Owls About Town and Creation Station.

The Festival ended with a Dog Show on the Village Green on Sunday 9th June, including Croquet on the Green. Pimms and locally brewed ales were supplied by the Clockhouse Bar and cream teas were served by the Seahorse Cafe. At 4.30pm the Grand Prize Draw took place with fabulous prizes being won.

We are very grateful to our Festival Makers, the volunteers without whose help we would not be able to run so many events so successfully, also to all the Village shops, pubs, bars and organisations for sponsorship, displaying posters and contributing to the celebrations, and to all East Preston residents and visitors who came to events, entered competitions and joined in so wholeheartedly with the spirit of the Festival.

Thank you everyone for your support. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and look forward to seeing you again next year.
The East Preston Festival Committee

For details of this year’s Festival competitions winners click here

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East Preston Festival 2012

The East Preston Carnival photos for 2012 are here

In October 2011, Ray Leggett stepped down as the chairman of the East Preston Festival Committee and P J Amoo took over as its 4th Chairman. The festival week (1st – 10th June) coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee week and the joint themes were the celebrations of this event and the Olympics coming to London.

The festival brought the return of many popular events including Ark Nappy Run & Challenge (2 June), Girl Guides Summer Fayre (2 June), Festival Songs of Praise (3 June) and Open Gardens/Art Trail (6/7 June) as well as new events. Two in particular were a ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations’ event on the Village Green (4th June), with free live music by 4 local bands and musicians (including a well known artist). At this event, were various family tug of war competitions and the opportunity to see our version of the Jubilee Baton and the Olympic Torch made by a local resident. The Festival Carnival Procession took place on the 9th June incorporating an Olympic Torch run and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Baton run. Participants carried the flags of West Sussex, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Olympics as well as a selection of world flags. The procession ended at Lashmar Rec with a funfair and community market event.

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East Preston Festival 2011

Here are the 2011 Festival Week Photos – Page 1 and Page 2. For reference, the 2011 Festival Programme and 2011 Festival Competitions are also listed.

From Doug Medhurst, Hon President …
Welcome again to you all for this, our 30th Festival Week, where the intention is for us to have a happy time together in our Village. Our Festival raises money for many local clubs, societies and charities taking part – and also benefits many who are unable to help themselves so well as in the past. Help us to help them. This year the ‘curtain is closing’ on Ray Leggett’s five-year Chairmanship. Thank you, Ray, for your cheerfulness and hard work.

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East Preston Festival 2010

The 2010 Festival Week photos are here

The Festival ran from 12th to 20th June (now in its 29th year) and this annual festival was a great opportunity for the entire village to come together for a week of fun and charity fundraising.

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East Preston Festival 2009

The 2009 festival was the largest organised with over 90 different events taking place throughout the week. These included coffee mornings, markets, open gardens, live music, tug of war, beer festival, novelty dog show on the green and of course the village carnival procession – to name just a few.

An incredible total of over £42,000 was raised for charity, from the events throughout the week, by all the various clubs, associations, businesses and individuals who worked so very hard, out of this the festival committee raised over £7,000 which was handed out to 35 local charitable causes at the public presentation night on 20th October.