As the countdown to Christmas starts, get yourself into the festive mood at the Henfield Christmas Shopping Evening taking place on Friday 8 December from 5.30pm to 8pm.
The High Street will have a lovely Christmassy feel with twinkling lights, Christmas carols and festive shop windows (which one will win the Window Dressing competition this year?), as well as the Big BN5 Christmas Prize Draw – it’s going to be another magical evening!
From stocking-fillers to gift vouchers, there is the perfect present for everyone on Henfield High Street, whether their interests are hair and beauty, home and garden, clothes and jewellery or food and wine. Lots of shops and businesses will be open offering festive fun, treats and giveaways, so make a start on that Christmas list and take advantage of the many special offers just for that night only. In addition, there will be pop-up stalls selling a range of unique items from crafts and cakes to homemade jams and chutneys. The Henfield Friends of St Barnabas Hospice will be selling Christmas cards and gifts and you will be able to pick up tickets for the Henfield Theatre Company’s seasonal production of Anne of Green Gables from Stevens Estate Agents, where, if your timing is good, you may get a sneak preview of singing from members of the cast!
Children will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of fun activities. This year’s Sheep Trail is bigger and better than ever, in aid of the very deserving Hope House Haiti orphanage, our thanks to all the participating shops who have donated. Once all the sheep have been found, completed entry forms can be returned to the Library (by 30th December) The library will be open on the Shopping evening until 8pm with refreshments and children’s activities including stories, songs and festive craft as well as a Christmas character hunt. You can browse the charity Christmas cards, stocking fillers and books that will be on sale.
Village Care will have a magician performing amazing tricks while you enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, and Stokes have some fantastic seasonal surprises planned: last year it was live reindeer in the garden, but what will it be this year? You’ll have to wait and see! Santa is rumoured to be making an official visit on the night and the Youth Club Elf helpers are busy getting his festive grotto on the High Street ready for him. The BP Guild Santa Sleigh will be on show and there’s also be a funfair with children’s rides and candy floss. And for a truly magical experience, don’t forget the Christmas Tree Festival in the Evangelical Free Church featuring 30 sparkling Christmas trees (see page 35 for more information).
Many of the shops will be offering festive nibbles and drinks but if you need something a little more substantial, then check out the Rushfields Farm Shop street food van which will be selling hot festive pies, pasties and sausage rolls and Lui Crêperie who will be selling delicious savoury and sweet hot-filled crêpes from their vintage Citroën van. All the Henfield pubs will be open with food and entertainment, and Hartley’s are offering gin tasting for the grown-ups for extra festive spirit!
And of course the BN5 Magazine team will be in their festive gazebo outside Barclays Bank, selling tickets for the Big BN5 Christmas Draw which will take place at 7.30pm in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity (tickets will also be on sale on the High Street on Saturday mornings in the run-up to the event). Last year we raised over £3,700 – an amazing amount – for St Barnabas Hospice and this year we are hoping to raise even more. We have fantastic star prizes this year including £300 John Lewis vouchers donated by A&B Matters and a spa day for two at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa worth £200, as well as many other amazing prizes (see page 28 for more details). This will be followed by an auction at the White Hart bar at 9pm, again in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity. Items to be auctioned include a pair of tickets to the live filming of Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour donated by Amazon Prime and other fantastic prizes.
As always we would like to say a HUGE thank you for the hard work of Carol Eastwood and the team from the Henfield Community Partnership, the Henfield Parish Council, the Henfield Traders Association and the girls from BN5 magazine, without whom this magical evening would not happen.