East Preston’s annual festival returns after two years

The 10-day festival returns from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 12, with nearly 80 events and activities planned for all to enjoy.

People can browse the craft fair, bring their valuables to the antique appraisal morning, visit the flower show at the East Preston Floral Club, see the winning scarecrows on the scarecrow tour, borrow the Open Gardens and Art Trail and continental go to Café Français.

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Along with traditional favorites including two tribute nights, new events include a street market in the town square, a family circus day, kite flying, soccer skills day and a fun run.

East Preston Village Nursery School featured at one of the previous festivals

In addition, on May 25, a special assembly will be held where children from East Preston Junior School will be elected to participate in the festival parade on Saturday June 11, as ambassadors for the festival, the theme of which is a “reign to remember”. .

People can expect to see floats, marching bands and marching bands.

The committee is delighted to see again this year many scarecrows representing the theme of the festival.

To enter the contest, people must fill out a form, then create their own scarecrow and display it in their backyard.

Joint runner-up ‘Pinocchio Scarecrow’ from an East Preston festival

Judging will begin on Thursday June 2 and there will be a first prize of £25, with £15 for second.

From May 27 to June 6, children in East Preston can enter a competition to find the image of the corgi in each of the 20 shop windows along Sea Road.

The prize will be an art set. Entry forms for these contests are available at Buds ‘n’ Blooms, Kerry’s Coffee and Deli Shop and Seaview Stores.

Janine Nicholson, chairman of the East Preston Festival, said: “The committee has put together a program of almost 80 events and activities for this year with something to entertain, amuse or interest everyone, including events to join with national celebrations for the anniversary of our Queen’s record 70-year reign.

A young girl with her face painted like a tiger

“There will also be many smaller events organized by individuals, local charities and social groups and fundraisers for the first time in two years.”

The festival takes place over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, so organizers have organized a big Jubilee celebration lunch on Sunday June 5, where people can bring their own picnics and share friendship, food and fun while listening to live music.

Additionally, as part of the 2022 festival celebrations, East Preston will bury its own time capsule containing a collection of artefacts that represent village life in this special Jubilee year.

People can email the committee and let them know what they think should be placed in the capsule and the best suggestions will be included.

Punch and Judy from a previous East Preston festival

The capsule will be filled on Sunday, June 12 around 6:30 p.m.

Janine added: “Our intention is that after the disappointment and restrictions of the past two summers, residents of East Preston and our visitors from surrounding areas will be able to enjoy a successful festival, raising thousands of pounds for a wide range worthy causes and, of course, having fun and bringing our community together again.

Many other fundraising events are organized under the umbrella of the festival to raise money and awareness for individual or collective causes, or to support their favorite charities.

These include the Baytree Lunch Club Coffee Morning, Cuppa & Cakes, organized by the Catholic Church for St Barnabas House Hospice, a jazz band at the Green Willow Summer Party for the Residents’ Amenity Fund and Pimms and Music in the Garden for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, and the festival’s playful dog show on Sunday, June 12.

There is also a photo competition this year with the subject ‘Royal Mail’. Entries can be anything associated with the theme, for example, mailboxes, postmen, vans, carts, parcels, or perhaps something more imaginative.

There will be cash prizes offered by Kamsons Pharmacy for first, second and an under 116 category.

East Preston villagers in the parade of the previous years festival

The committee also invited shops in East Preston to join in the festivities by decorating their shop windows to reflect the festival theme.

The festival is also running a festival grand prize raffle with a chance to win a top prize of £250 cash or one of seven other fantastic prizes including a basket of Fortnum & Masons, a free service at Hares Garage and a tour and wine tasting.

Tickets will be on sale at events throughout the festival and before it.

The final event draw will take place at the dog show on the Village Green on Sunday 11th June.

There will also be a charity drive with donations going to Safe in Sussex and an event organized by ‘East Preston for Ukraine’ with proceeds going to the Disaster Emergency Committee.

Programs giving full details of all events, activities and competitions are available from shops in East Preston and people can find the latest news on the festival’s Facebook page and website.

The Boy Scouts band playing at an old East Preston festival

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