The Memorial Field Festival

Sunday 16th September Henfield Common, 2pm – 7pm

To celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Memorial Field and the complete renovation of the playing field last year, Henfield Parish Council and Henfield Community Partnership have organised a Fun Sports Day with locally produced Street Food and Drink, as well as live music and entertainment. 

The field was dedicated in 1950 to the memory of the Henfield men who fought and lost their lives in WWII. We are indebted to these men and those who honoured them for this wonderful village resource.

2:00pm: The Re-dedication: The afternoon will commence with a short re-dedication service conducted by Revd Paul Doick, Vicar at St Peter’s Church, Henfield. The stone will be unveiled once again (as it was in 1950) by children from St. Peter’s School, past and present; we are honoured that Annette Parsons, who unveiled the original stone with Peter Collins, as seen pictured on our front cover, will be assisting. Peter has sadly passed away but his brother Pat Collins will be attending. The Last Post and Reveille will be played and we will observe a minutes silence.

2:30pm-5:30pm: There will be fun activities and sports for all ages, just come along and join in! You can enjoy traditional games including egg and spoon races, sack races, relay races and skipping races organised by Henfield Guides and Get Fit.

You can show off your football skills with Henfield Football Club’s ‘Beat the Goalie’, as well as Soccer Skills Tests. Henfield Cricket Club is organising ‘Diamond Cricket’; a fun introduction game to cricket using inflatables. Henfield Joggers have created a ‘Mystery Trail Fun Run’ starting at the Cricket Club, open for everyone to join in and suitable for whole families to explore parts of the village where you wouldn’t normally go, so bring your trainers.

You’ll be able to chat to the clubs and groups about membership opportunities too.

2:30pm-7:00pm: Street Food and Drink served all afternoon by local Sussex providers, including:

Oui Crêperie: Delicious sweet and savoury crêpes. Downlands Brewery: Our nearest local brewery, with seasonal specials and IPAs. Gelato Geminelli: Henfield’s own Italian Ice Cream, from a traditional ice cream bike – bringing back the 1950s feel! Henfield Cricket Club Bar: The bar will be open all afternoon and evening. Henfield Free Church: Pastor Andrew is bringing his barbie skills to the Common with an ‘Aussie style Barbie’. Ginger Rookes: Pulled pork rolls, delicious home made burgers and Greek chicken in buns. All locally sourced and produced. Swains Farm Shop: Swains just had to be involved as the Memorial Field is their nearest neighbour! Serving a healthy option of fresh fruit salads. The Pizza Oven: Traditional, wood fired pizza with all the best toppings, straight from the oven. Wild Violets WI: Cakes galore, from lemon drizzle to coffee and walnut, along with the perfect addition; a good cuppa. Silly Moo Cider: Delicious cider, named Silly Moo because the farm’s cows go a little silly if they eat too many of the orchard’s apples! Thai Angle Thai Street Food: A bowl of spicy noodles or pad Thai – perfect street food. 5:30-7:00pm, The Finale: Fantastic Horsham band ‘Sonic Deluxe’ perform outside the Cricket Pavilion. Don’t miss these guys, they’ll have you up and dancing as we move toward the close of our festival!

Please try to leave your car at home as parking is limited (off-road parking is on the main Common, entrance opposite Mill Drive). Blue Badge only parking with the kind permission of Swains Farm Shop, please do not park here unless you are either shopping in the store or have a Blue Badge. Parking marshals will be attending and we are grateful to Henfield Lions and our volunteers for all their help. For those coming from Henfield Village, the Bluebird Minibus will be shuttling from 1.30-7.30pm providing a free trip to and from the event.

Come along either on your own or with your family and join in, enjoy the food, meet your friends and neighbours and celebrate with us. There is something for everyone to do, regardless of age or ability. This event has been organised by various local sports clubs, Henfield Parish Council and Henfield Community Partnership. With thanks to Stoba for their sponsorship, Horsham District Council for poster and flyer printing and Henfield Community Partnership for funding the event.

Emma Osman 

With thanks to Henfield Memorial Festival’s generous sponsor, Stoba Group UK.

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