VIDEO: Horsham church brings back May fair after 80 years

Horsham Unitarian Church has joined with local charity The Butterfly Project to revive a garden fete idea not seen since the nineteen thirties.

On Saturday May 11 they will hold in the church gardens a ‘May Fayre’ offering visitors and shoppers a fun addition to their weekend visit to town.

The Unitarian Church in Horsham is bringing back its May Fayre in the church garden in support of the Butterfly Project

The Unitarian Church in Horsham is bringing back its May Fayre in the church garden in support of the Butterfly Project

This month’s ‘May Fayre’ revives a 1934 initiative of the Unitarian Church (then called the Free Christian Church) but brings it very much up-to-date.

Choice of venue directly opposite the bus station and choice of timing from 12noon to 4pm offers maximum convenience to families already in Horsham for weekend shopping.

The revived ‘May Fayre’ is designed to offer attractions for all ages, providing enjoyment for both parents and children. Entry is free and activities include, games, crafts, jewellery, cakes, books, non-permanent tattoos, plants, nail painting, raffle, cream teas and more.

The Butterfly Project charity,on whose behalf the event is organised, provides a service for young adults with learning disabilities, offering a wide range of activities aimed around work skills and community projects. Their work-based activity services in Horsham incorporate a charity shop in Springfield Road and multiple-use workshop and studio.

The poster displayed for Horsham Unitarian Church's May Fayre in 1934 - picture copyright Horsham Museum & Art Gallery/Horsham District Council

The poster displayed for Horsham Unitarian Church's May Fayre in 1934 - picture copyright Horsham Museum & Art Gallery/Horsham District Council

Commenting on the forthcoming fundraiser Butterfly Project administrator Elaine McBride said: “We know the Unitarian Church well from the work our young people do in maintaining their gardens and you can imagine how delighted we were when they came up with this imaginative offer to use those gardens for an event to support us.

“We hope very much there will be really good attendance on the 11th.”

Contributed by Patrick Wynne-Jones

Horsham Unitarian Church, Worthing Road