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Friday MAY 16th 2014
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The Festival took place on May 16th in the Plumpton Race Course VIP marquee; the children were delivered to and collected from the Race Course as if it were a normal school day.

The theme this year was song, story-telling and face painting. There were activities during the morning while each school in turn rehearsed for their dance performance.

Children gathered in a circle under a tree to listen to story-teller Jamie Crawford’s enthralling Sussex stories, and peripatetic music teacher Chris Booker taught everyone the history and song of the Royal Sussex regimental march, ‘Sussex by the Sea’ which they were to perform in the afternoon.

Plumpton Black Brook - Border

Several students recalled taking part during their primary school years in one of the early Festivals and were amused and thrilled to see photographs of themselves in the display of previous festivals in the entrance foyer!


After a picnic lunch parents, guardians, invited guests and sponsors of the event were welcomed by Festival director, Dave Johns and the performance opened with a very rousing and authentic ‘Sussex by the Sea,’ the children singing whilst marching on the spot.

Chailey Tudor dance
Social dance


There was a short interval mid-programme while the Plumpton School Parent Teacher Friends Association served delicious and much appreciated refreshments.
Molly dance
When all was finished and the rapturous applause from the audience had died down, Mrs Sophie Thomas, Head teacher of Newick School thanked Mrs Loraine Kirkwood, Head teacher of Fletching school and all those involved in making the Festival happen.

The Festival 2014 closed in a massive roof-raising 'traditional Plumpton’ style, ‘The Shepherds’ Hey,’ involving 270 children, the audience, and even our St Johns Ambulance attendants!

Shepherds' Hey

Feed-back from the schools rates Festival 2014 as ‘the best yet.’

Ann Bacon –  Ditchling Morris
John Bacon – Ditchling Morris and Trustee SEFAN

 gratefully acknowledges donations and support from
the George Pheby Estate, the participating schools and the following organisations:

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