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The Horsmonden Summer Festival really is the ‘main’ event in the HoVEC calendar.
Dates for 2019 Festival are confirmed as Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June.
The Horsmonden Social Club provide a licensed bar throughout the weekend, with an increased range of specially selected real ales, as well as lager, wines and spirits and HoVEC run a great raffle in the run up to and over the festival weekend (tickets cost £1.00 and are available at Heath Stores, Heath Pharmacy, Horsmonden Primary School and Kindergarten and The Social Club from mid-May). The Prize Draw takes place on Sunday, 9 June, in the Marquee on the Green at 4:30pm.
THE FRIDAY EVENT – SOLD OUT
Friday 7th HoVEC Marquee from 7.00pm until late
This ticketed, themed social event is held in a marquee on The Green with a licensed bar run by The Horsmonden Social Club, live music and a prize for the best-dressed table - fancy dress is optional!
This year’s theme is ‘London Tube Stations’ with live music from “Scratch Band 2”.
Notes for ticket holders:
Table organisers will have all the information you need for this event if you have booked a table. To summarise: HoVEC supply a table and chairs, clear plastic rubbish bags for recycling bottles and cans (please don’t mix) and a bin liner to take away food rubbish
Guests are asked to bring their own food, crockery/cutlery/glasses and a tablecloth and to dress their table to impress! Note that plastic tablecloths will not be provided this year in support of Village Footprint initiative.
Wine or fizz can be brought along too, but guests are asked to support the bar for ALL other drinks, particularly the real ales. The bar is run by Social Club volunteers and all profit made from the weekend goes back into our community. Please bring your own reusable plastic beer glasses or buy a HoVEC one with your drinks for just £1.00.
Table dress code: decorations must sit on the table and structures be ‘safe’. Chairs can be dressed, but space is limited. Additional props, items deemed ‘unsafe’ or those encroaching on the floor will be removed. No real candles please!
Judging criteria is based on the interpretation of “London Tube Stations” in terms of originality and creativity.
Many people come in fancy dress linked to their table’s theme too, this is great fun but optional, and does not form part of the judging criteria.
4 to 6pm - Marquee open to dress tables (please email Sara Foster if not convenient)
6 to 7pm - Marquee closed for judging
7 to 8pm – Bar opens, and guests arrive
8 to 9pm - Guests dine
9 to 11:45 – Dancing to “Scratch Band 2”
Saturday 8th June: Friends of Horsmonden Primary School Fete - Village Green from noon until 4pm.
This begins with the traditional procession from Horsmonden Primary School with children dressed in the weekend’s theme - "London Tube Stations".
There are great competitions throughout the afternoon, including a ‘Tube Station Lottery’ and a ‘Best Dressed Dog’ competition, so take your dog and family along to enjoy the fun!
This year, children from YR4 will entertain the crowds with Maypole dancing in the arena and the Schools very own Cheerleading Squad will also perform. There are demonstrations from HotShotz tennis coaching, a visit from local Morris Dancers and some great stalls including the ever-popular crockery smash, bottle and sweet tombola’s, plus inflatables, face painting and more.
Throughout the event FOHPS run a Silent Auction, with great prizes, including a tennis lesson, wreath making class, physio session, wine and hampers filled with goodies donated by School parents. The Silent Auction is in, or near to, the marquee.
There is a BBQ, bar and popcorn from the Scouts as well as refreshments, cakes and candyfloss – it’s always a great fun day!
For more information about, or to get involved with the School Fete please email FoHPs.
Saturday 9th June: Live Music - HoVEC Marquee from 6.30pm until 11.45pm
Once the fete is over clearing up begins (guests are asked to vacate The Green to enable this to be done quickly) to make way for the Saturday evening music event!
HoVEC provide a variety of music, completely free of charge to all those wishing to attend. Below is this year’s line-up of bands:
HUBB – Horsmonden Ukulele Big Band
Chalk and Cheese
The bar is open throughout the evening to quench your thirst and catering vans arrive at about 6.30pm, providing Fish and Chips, Pizza, Burgers and Ice Cream with the new addition of Greek this year too. If nothing takes your fancy, a good old picnic is fine to take to The Green if you wish.
For more information about this event or if you play in a band and want to be considered for future events, please call Ralph Beney on 07788 107566.
Sunday 10th June: Village Worship - HoVEC Marquee from 10.30am until 11.30am
On Sunday morning the Horsmonden Churches take over the marquee. Join them in this lively and informal worship, with a mixture of hymns, songs, prayers, Bible readings and other activities. Here people worship together and ask for the Lord's blessings on their lives, before sharing refreshments after the service.
Sunday 10th June: Classic Vehicle Show - Village Green from 2pm to 5pm.
Now in its fourth year, the Classic Vehicle Show has grown and grown, with many local enthusiasts bringing along their pride and joy for all to see.
With more than 45 cars, motorcycles, utility vehicles, a vintage bus and taxi’s in 2018 there is always something for everyone, from models 100 years old right up to new supercars!
These eclectic vehicles represent decades of amazing and beautiful machinery and are well worth a visit.
If you would like to bring a car, find out more, or to volunteer to assist on the day, please email Martin Dace.
Sunday 10th June: Village Tea Party and Raffle - HoVEC Marquee from 2pm until 5pm
The Village Tea Party is a free event for all villagers to attend. A relaxed family event reminiscent of a street party where you can meet with friends and indulge in a Sunday afternoon tea.
Live jazz from the ever popular The Ray Rich Band, a selection of beautiful classic cars on The Village Green and entertainment for the children with characters from 'Applause' will keep everybody entertained for the afternoon!
At 4.30 the raffle is drawn - make sure you’ve bought your tickets – you have to be in it to win it!
5pm: Festival Close.