A big thank you: to the 20 walkers who braved the stormy cold weather to take part in this year’s Independent State of Cuckfield walking races on Easter Monday, and also thanks to all the children who took part in the Easter Egg Hunt. Congratulations to all the winners. We would also like to thank all the spectators, marshals and helpers who braved the elements to ensure that both events were a success. The results of the walking races are: Mens Handicap Challenge Cup for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Gareth Knapman, 2nd Matt Buck, 3rd James Mark. Ladies Handicap Challenge Cup for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Jennie Meadows, 2nd Jane Swain, 3rd Sarah Fry. Jim Swain Cup - Fastest Man for Cuckfield Residents: 1st James Mark (Time 56:55), 2nd Charles Dunnett (57:32), 3rd Gareth Knapman (64:30). Phyl Bowring Cup - Fastest Lady for Cuckfield Residents: 1st Sarah Fry (Time 60:03), 2nd Jane Swain (60:39), 3rd Jennie Meadows (67:51). Frank Woods Trophy for Cuckfield Residents over 60: 1st Charles Dunnett (Time 57:32), 2nd Jane Swain (60:39), 3rd Roger Crouch (77:34). Fastest Man – Non Cuckfield Residents: 1st Rob Helliwell (Time 68:00), 2nd John Shepherd (71:30), 3rd Victor Pereira (90:00). Fastest Lady – Non Cuckfield Residents: 1st Carly O’Prey (Time 66:50), 2nd Sharon Barrett (95:00). Mens Team Cup – for teams of 3: 1st White Harte (Combined Time 188:19), 2nd Wheatsheaf (190:45). Ladies Team Cup – for teams of 3: 1st White Harte (Combined Time 188:33), 2nd Wheatsheaf (254:01). We also encourage walkers to brighten up everyone’s day by taking part in fancy dress, and congratulations to Jennie Meadows and Jane Swain who were awarded the best fancy dress prizes

Independent State of Cuckfield: annual Cuckoo Fayre takes place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, in the Recreation Ground, from 12:00pm, with the official opening by the current Mayor, Ken Gregory, at 1:00pm. Entry is free. Entertainment includes music from The Village Band, Karate display, Magic & Silliness from children’s entertainer Tomfoolery, and a BPM dance display. There is also the ever popular Dog Show, open to all, with many wide ranging classes. And if you don’t win a bottle on the Wheel of Wine, then there is a licensed bar available. As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Independent State of Cuckfield we are looking forward to be joined by some of our wonderful previous Mayors for the official opening. The Cuckoo Fayre is an opportunity for all local organisations and charities to raise much needed funds - pitches are still available at £25 each, with all money raised being retained by the organising group. Stalls can be set up from 9:30am. If you would like to book a stall, or need more information, then please contact Jim Ayling at the White Harte, or phone: 01444 413454, or email: The Mayor is looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Cuckoo Fayre!

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