Be Prepared: Scout leader is the new mayor of Cuckfield

The Rose and Crown hosted the Independent State of Cuckfield’s mayoral election with the pub bursting with supporters and friends of the candidates.

After a closely fought contest, village scout leader Mike Schlup, the in-house candidate, having raised a massive £10,000, won the coveted robes and was proclaimed mayor.

Independent State of Cuckfield Mayoral parade. New Cuckfield Mayor Mike Schlup. Pic Steve Robards

Independent State of Cuckfield Mayoral parade. New Cuckfield Mayor Mike Schlup. Pic Steve Robards

Overall, with significant contributions from Mark Grant, the Wheatsheaf candidate, and Leanne Knapman from the White Hart, there will be more than £19,000 to distribute to local charities and organisations after the event last Friday night.

The rain ceased and the sun shone for the spectacular procession the next day to celebrate the annual mayor-making.

A large crowd gathered to watch and appreciate the 19 floats which wove their way from Warden Park School, through the village and down the High Street to The Talbot.

At the Talbot, Mike Schlup emerged from a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, received the ‘keys of Cuckfield’ and enjoyed a pint of beer.

Independent State of Cuckfield Mayoral parade. Cuckfield Cosmos Girls. Pic Steve Robards

Independent State of Cuckfield Mayoral parade. Cuckfield Cosmos Girls. Pic Steve Robards

The floats were varied and representative of the life of the community. Orchard House’s lively swashbuckling pirate ship won first prize for the best float, and appropriately the 1st Cuckfield Scout, Cubs and Beavers were placed in a respectable second place for their activity based float. Compasses, Go-Karts, and a zip wire reminded the village of the importance of challenging outdoor pursuits. Cuckfield pre-School Play Group sustaining the pirate theme, won third prize.

Members of BPM (Beats per Minute), the Cuckfield-based Street Dance Group, danced their way round the village as part of the procession, and gave an energetic performance outside The Talbot alongside the magic and fun of Brillo the Clown. This was rewarded by the Special Prize.

A great Cuckfield community weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a service at Holy Trinity Church to celebrate and value village life and embrace the demands of the 21st cenbtury’s challenging culture.