THE countdown has begun to this year’s annual Horndon-on-the-Hill Feast & Fayre – one of the largest family events in East Essex – which will be staged in the village over the weekend of June 29th & 30th.
Highlights of the weekend will include, the Horndon 10K on Sunday 30th which is a sell-out, a ‘boat race’ organised by the 1st Horndon-on-the-Hill Scout Group Scouts, music and street entertainment from the likes of the Tilbury Twirlstars, Hands Around Morris, the Capoeira Brazilian Drums Group, the Wickford Majorettes, the Danceology Street Dance Troupe and the Sutherland Pipes & Drums.
There will also be performances by The Complete Commedia Company, the Thurrock based collective that specialises in performance of Commedia dell’Arte in the south east of England.
In the past, the team of volunteer organisers have usually adopted a historical focus, however this year they have chosen to go a bit more up to date to inspire children from Horndon Primary School to get involved in the event and indeed they have — by producing Disney images for the
programme cover and penning some delightful poems for the Fayre’s annual poetry competition. The winners will be presented with their prizes by South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe, who will officially declare the event open at 11am on Saturday the 29th.
More artwork and poems from the children will be on display in St Peter and St Paul
Church alongside this year’s spectacular Flower Festival on the Disney theme, which runs
from Friday June 28th to Monday July 1st.
As ever, the village streets, the Village Hall and Woolmarket will host an array of craftspeople, food purveyors and charity stalls.
Following huge positive feedback in 2018, the Thurrock Art Trail will team up with the event again this year giving visitors the chance to take part in all the fun and interest that Feast & Fayre offers, whilst at the same time enjoying exciting exhibitions and demonstrations of art and craft techniques. You can meet the artists in ‘Art Lane’ and in the Well House Gallery and in the Ostlers Restaurant you can see an exhibition of work by Jane Barry and Patricia Douglas together with a group piece by the Dacha Group. In and around the big tree in the Ostlers garden you can see a ceramic installation about our UK endangered insect species. For more information go to www.thurrockarttrail.org
The weekend will conclude with the hotly contested annual tug-of-war contest between the two village pubs The Bell and The Swan.
Event spokesperson Nigel Sergent said: “The Feast & Fayre is one of the highlights of the Essex summer calendar and represents a perfect opportunity for traditional crafts people and charities to sell their wares. Our event always attracts thousands of people over the course of the weekend and is regarded as a wonderful day out for families. Stallholders, especially those plying traditional crafts always do well.”