Henfield Celebrates St. George's Day

Henfield Celebrates St. George’s Day

by Pamela Chaston

The suggestion that all towns and villages throughout England should celebrate St George’s Day in the same way as Scotland, Ireland and Wales acknowledge their Patron Saints, came from the Royal Society of St George. Organiser Arun Agarwal, who masterminded this event over a year ago with Wynn Saunders (who sadly died recently) wanted to have something ‘quintessentially English’ to entertain the children on St George’s Day so a Punch and Judy show was held in the Henfield Hall garden with popcorn and sweets on sale and Punch and Judy was preceded by a magic show.  The happy shrieks of laughter resonated throughout Henfield.

In the evening a concert was arranged with English Country Dancing led by Mike Ainscough and his band.  When they stopped for a well-earned rest the floor was taken over by the Mythago Morris Dancers – a large group of players who provided the music and dancing for a delightful performance that included the story of our very own Sussex Dragon.

Whilst we watched this fascinating tableaux we ate a very large Ploughman’s Supper, prepared and served by a team of volunteers from our local Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House Hospice, who also undertook all the arrangements for the evening – tables, chairs and decorations – so a BIG thank you to them.  There was also an exhibition at the back of the hall, put together by the Sussex Branch of the Royal Society of St George showing lots of facts and information about the origins of St George becoming our Patron Saint and details for joining the Society.

Our local shops and businesses have been wonderful – not only by advertising this key village event with posters, but also by decorating their windows with flags and – best of all – donating a wonderful selection of raffle prizes for which we were truly grateful. The proceeds, which are expected to be approximately £1,500, are to be donated to St Barnabas House Hospice. We would like to thank Henfield residents and the traders alike for their very generous support for this day and raising much needed funds for St Barnabas House Hospice.