Gullivers Travels and other tales at the Horndon Feast and Fayre

VILLAGERS at Horndon-on-the-Hill are busy preparing for their annual Feast & Fayre which will be staged over the weekend of June 24th & 25th.

This year, the theme of the event will be Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ in recognition of long term Horndon resident Godwin Swift, a descendant of the renowned Anglo-Irish writer.

Swift Horndon

Retired solicitor Godwin and his wife Hazel have lived in Horndon for over 40 years and ran a successful legal practice in Stanford-Le-Hope for the same number of years.

They have a library of books and artefacts chronicling the life and works of Jonathan Swift, who was most famous for writing ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, which introduced the little people of Lilliput to 18th century readers and has captivated people of all ages since.

“We are very proud that Jonathan’s most famous work will be the theme of this year’s Feast & Fayre and we hope more people, especially children, will be inspired to read the book and more of his works. He was a very talented writer and his works were way ahead of their time,” said Godwin.

The children of Horndon School have written poems around the ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ theme and the best boy and girl poets will be presented with prizes at the Feast & Fayre opening ceremony on

Saturday June 24th. There will also a spectacular flower festival in Horndon church with displays
celebrating the life and works of Swift.

Other highlights of the weekend will include, the Horndon 10K, music and street entertainment and the annual tug-of-war contest between the two village pubs The Bell and The Swan. There will also be performances by The Complete Commedia Company from stories collected by Thurrock residents as part of the Thurrock 100 Tales programme and art displays in line with the 2017 Thurrock Art Trail. Local bands will perform at The Swan on the Saturday night.

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