I could paraphrase the whole press release and pretend I wrote it but it is easier and more honest to quote exactly what Horsham District have written so here goes…
The centre of Horsham will take on an altogether mediaeval twist this weekend (2 and 3 December) as the first Christmas Mediaeval Market will be in town.Roving mediaeval knights and jesters will roam the festive market stalls where there will be crafts, festive foods, mulled wine and mead.On Saturday 2 December there will be belly dancing performances from the Sultan Siren’s throughout the day. Carols on the bandstand organised by Age UK will also add to the festive feel against a backdrop of stalls selling street food, mulled wine and cider.On Sunday 3 December visitors can enjoy wandering minstrel performances throughout the day and there will be carols on the bandstand from 11am to 1pm by Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.The ever popular Christmas Cracker Charity Market will return to the amphitheatre along with Santa’s big red steam bus rides around the town centre.An ancient stocks photo booth will also be set up in the Carfax so visitors can have their photos taken with a mediaeval background canvas.On both days mediaeval characters will wander around the market helping to create a unique mediaeval atmosphere for such a historic market town.
This picture below is from the same source.
A mobile catering van from Vegelution supplying ‘vegan, vegetarian and plant based foods’ was parked up again in the Carfax yesterday. The 1911cc petrol driven February 1974 Citroen, registration FRN450M, has been converted for use as the catering van following its import in August 2015.
The business launched just a few months ago in August 2017 and the Vegelution website states:
“At Vegelution. we aim to bring exciting vegan, vegetarian, and plant based food to Horsham and the surrounding areas, where there are few options for vegans. Our menu provides a core of interesting options for everyone, and daily specials allow for the use of seasonal ingredients and local produce. Wherever possible we source our food locally, with our bread coming from Jenger’s Bakery in Billingshurst and juices from Wobblegate Farm in Bolney. This use of seasonal and local produce also fits with our vegan ethos of excellent food without causing harm to the environment around us. We fully believe that excellence without sacrifice can be achieved, and enjoyed, all out of our Vegelution van.”
The van proudly displays it ‘very good’ status awarded by the Food Standards Agency.
The Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve have launched a new website which brings its presentation firmly into the 21st century. If you live around Horsham and Warnham and have not been to the nature reserve yet, or even in recent years then go to the website and see what you are missing. The reserve is open all year round except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. You can’t take your dog beyond the car park but it is otherwise accessible for most. It has made up paths that will take a mobility scooter for most of the main routes. This is what the site says on its homepage:
“The 92 acre site was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1988. It includes a 17 acre millpond, marshes, grassland, reed beds, hedges and woodlands. The site provides a haven for a variety of wildlife with over 400 species of plants, and over 100 species of bird, including a thriving Heronry, wildfowl, and all three species of Woodpecker. The beautiful Kingfisher makes the most of the waters and are regularly seen from all four bird hides. The Reserve is also rich in dragonfly – over 21 species can be seen zipping around the different wetland habitats.”
Circumstances meant that I only had my phone with me when passing the Carfax bandstand yesterday. The duo ‘The Wing Faced Earth Figs‘ we playing and had a reasonable audience. They can often be seen busking in West Street and it was good to see that they were recognised and rewarded with a Saturday spot in the bandstand.