Monday, July 15, 2024

Horndon on the Hill Feast and Fayre scores another winner

A SHOWER or two did not dampen the spirits of the crowds who attended Horndon on the Hill’s annual Feast & Fayre last weekend.

There were scorers of craft, charity and fun stalls lining the streets, traditional and modern entertainment and music and, with the village bedecked in a cavalcade of colour in recognition of the Jubilee theme, it all added up to a weekend to remember.

The event, which harks back to the middles ages, always coincides with the annual flower festival at Horndon Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul which this year was also beautifully decorated with blooms to reflect Her Majesty the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

There was even a Horndon ‘Queen’ in the shape of stalls organiser Linda Carrington whose dress was specially made for the occasion by Feast & Fayre event sponsor Nu Drapes of Stanford-Le-Hope.

“This is the first time we have got involved and all I can say is what a fantastic event it was,” said Nu-Drapes managing director Mark Taylor. The atmosphere was brilliant and everybody seemed intent on forgetting the economic gloom and doom and simply coming here to have a great time. We certainly enjoyed every minute and we were delighted to sponsor the event.”

The event was officially opened by Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock Stephen Metcalfe and was compered by former MP and Horndon resident Sir Graham Bright. Thurrock Deputy Mayor Anthony Fish gave a vote of thanks to all the organisers and societies taking part.

At the opening ceremony Mr Metcalfe presented prizes to the two winners of the Feast & Fayre Poetry contest from Horndon Primary School namely Cloe Wade (Key Stage One)and Christian Mann (Key Stage 2).
Entertainment highlights were Thurrock Spectrum brass, Palmers College Street Theatre and stage performances from Gable Hall, and St Clere’s Schools.

On Sunday, the Annual Horndon IOK road race, this year organised jointly by Thurrock Gateway Rotary Club and Thurrock Food Bank, was yet a gain a magnificent spectacle with almost 400 runners of all calibres making the most of the cool conditions to complete the course. First to the finish line was Tom Heslopp of Victoria Park Harriers.

The Feast & Fayre culminated in the annual tug of war contest between local pubs The Bell and The Swan which The Bell won 2-0.

“We must have had between two and three thousand people up here in the village over the course of the weekend which means a lot of money will be raised for local courses,” said Event Coordinator Kim Towlson.

“It was a peaceful, enjoyable family event which everyone seemed to enjoy despite the unpredictable weather and I would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a success, especially our hard working band of 10 committee members and cadets form Stanford Le Hope ATC, who were at it from dawn ‘til dusk on both days helping the stallholders and fundraisers.”

Horndon 10K race results:
Men – 1st Tom Heslopp, Victoria Park Harriers; 2nd Crispian Bloomfield, Billericay Striders; 3rd Andy Coleman, Billericay Striders; 1st 40 Veteran Tony Pecoraro, Havering 90 Joggers; 1st 50 Veteran Simon Lamare, Leigh on Sea Striders; 60 Veteran Mick Bumstead, Thurrock Harriers.

Women –1st Deborah Appleton, Havering Mayesbrook AC; 2nd Andrea Quinn; 3rd Samantha Monk, Dagenham 88 Runners; 1st 35 vetran Tony Noble, Thurrock Harriers; 1st 45 veteran Erica Ryder, Thurrock Nomads.
Team winner – Thurrock Harriers.

For further information contact Kim Towlson on 07724 848069.

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