Ten winners in BilliFest contest

John Griffin with the ten prize winners
John Griffin with the ten prize winners

Ten brilliant young artists from Billingshurst Primary School won prizes in this year’s BilliFest Family Fun Day and Christmas Fayre Poster Competition.

The standard was so high that the judges made nine awards in addition to the winner.

John Griffin, vice chairman of the Billingshurst Community Partnership, organizer of BilliFest, said, “The poster entries from our local children were really outstanding so we announced three runners up, plus six special award winners. Each child won a prize from the Partnership with the top four receiving gift tokens.”

The annual fayre takes place in the heart of Billingshurst on Saturday 3rd December from 10am to 3pm.

The winning illustration is featured on the BilliFest poster and the front of the event programme. The entries were judged by local artist/potter, Terry Griffin, and all the works will be on display at BilliFest itself. Over 2,000 flyers are delivered and handed out in the village before then, and posters are put in shop windows. It is the community’s major winter event and attracts over 1,500 people.

There will be lots to do at BilliFest. In the Find the Names of the Gnomes Competition, children have to find 25 gnomes in Billingshurst shop windows from 3rd until 16 th December and write the names on an entry available from the 3rd at The Library and at Santa’s Grotto on the day. Great prizes include family tickets for ‘Aladdin’ at The Capitol in Horsham, and for ‘Adventures of Peter Pan’ at The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing. There is also a family day ticket to Drusillas Zoo Park.

At the prizegiving, Mr Griffin said, “The entertainment will be nonstop and Radio Weald, which is run by Weald School students, will again be handling our music and public address.

“Entertainment includes George on Sax, Lifestyle Fitness ‘join in’ sessions, the Billingshurst Choral Society, the Billingshurst Ukulele Band, Cotillion Sussex folk group, Horsham Boom Tribe Samba Band, Horsham Magog Dancers, Stephen Foster (David Bowie tribute), Rob Nicholl swings, and Punch and Judy. Santa’s grotto will be located in Henry Adams’ historic High Street offices.”

He stressed: “And don’t forget that the BilliFest Santa’s grotto is always free, and every visiting child receives a gift from Santa Claus.”

Contributed by Billingshurst Community Partnership

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