Saturday 8th June & Sunday 9th June 2019
Free Parking on Saturday 8th June!
Horsham District Council, as part of their support for the Festival in the HDC Year of Culture, have agreed to waive payment for use of village car parks on Saturday, 8th June. The machines will still function, but no parking attendants will "police" them, and notices will confirm that parking - like the following Sunday - will be free all day.
Music at the Festival
Jonny Hepbir Quintet at the Finale
The Jonny Hepbir Quintet, playing mainly gypsy jazz, will be closing the Festival on Sunday evening at the Henfield Hall. Other Festival acts include: the Alibis - Bellydance Workshop - the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men - Diana & Wolfie - Earwig Corner - the Henfield Voices - In The Pink - Jane Grover & Phil Green - Meaner Concertinas - the Minogues - No Strings Attached - Octavia's Singing Group, the Patcham Silver Band - the Patcham Silver Youth Band - the Pyecombe Village Choir - Rawbones - the Red Star Thistles - the Rude Mechanicals - Sarah Milner - St. Peter's Handbell Ringers - the Sussex Folk Orchestra - Sussex Steel - the Sussex Waits - the Unreel Trio - Wafa's Bollywood Dance - Whispering Woods - Will & Wolfie
If you are a musician (or know of any musicians who are not part of the Festival but might be willing to participate), you are invited to join as well - but contact us soon as the programme is under construction.
The coming year is special in another way. Horsham District Council is making 2019 its Year of Culture, and a group - the Henfield Festival Group - has been set up in Henfield to ensure that there will be a good range of activities to reflect the village's part in the celebration. That group has asked that the Gardens and Arts weekend is promoted as part of this celebration. Our Festival will remain ‘independent’, but will benefit from the publicity that the Year of Culture is offering, and will be promoted as a community event.
The Festival map
The colour coding of garden and community venues on the Festival map has been refined for 2019 as some 2018 visitors were not quite sure which were open over all or part of the weekend. So red circles will denote "open on Saturday only", blue circles will denote "open on Sunday only", and hybrid red/blue circles will denote "open both days". We have also added a scale to the map so that visitors can make a better estimate of the distances between venues.
Art at the Festival
Details of artists and craftpersons exhibiting at the Festival are still coming in, but will include: Mike Ainscough - Arts & Crafts Exhibition - Helen Boosey - Debra Camp - Alison Crowe - Suzanne Fisher - Henfield Art Club - Liam Jackson - Katja Lelic - Rethreaded Group - Richard Searles - Libby Serpis - June Smith & Miniaturists - Marion Hansen-Smith - Christine Twitchen
Flower Festival at St. Peter's
As part of the 20th Festival celebrations, there will be a special Flower Festival at St. Peter's Church, with floral displays created by various Henfield groups. This promises to be very special - don't miss it!
Below is a list of the Charities that were supported by the various venues, at which a total in excess of £9,000 was raised as of 25/6/18. This was raised for both local and national charities via the donation boxes in gardens.
Henfield Lions for education support in Africa; Henfield Hall; Alzheimer’s society; SUDEP Action (Epilepsy)
SARAID (Search and Rescue Aid in Disasters); Henfield Scout Hut; St Barnabas Hospice; St Peter’s Church Friends; Bloodwise (Children’s Leukaemia Research); Henfield Leisure Centre; The Henfield Haven; Toad in the Hole Wood Sculpture Project Henfield Year of Culture; Muscular Dystrophy; Central Sussex Beekeeping Association; Family Support Work; Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice; Cancer Research; Race for Life; Henfield Youth Club; Hope House Haiti UK; The Lunch Bowl Network