Christmas morning 2019 present delivery

We had an extra challenge this year due to Santa’s sleigh shedding its axle a few days before Christmas Day. Dave M did amazingly source a replacement sleigh to borrow, however due to sterling work by some Guild members our sleigh was back on the road, in a limited capacity in time for the big day.

I thought that we were due for a good soaking this year but with our luck holding, it was the one day that was bright and dry.

We left from the Library car park just after 8am packed in the tow car so as not to over stress the sleigh, Santa climbed aboard prior to arriving at each drop to maintain the visual effect.

We headed to Nep Town for our first present drop with Father Christmas in full ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ and ‘Merry Christmas everyone’ mode.

We had 76 parcels to deliver in 41 drops, Father Christmas 2 (Russ) had 9 parcels to deliver in 5 drops but he also dispensed Christmas good cheer and a Ho, Ho, Ho to Red Oaks and Upper Mead residents and staff, which was much appreciated.

The sleigh round went smoothly with no problems and was helped along by some generous offerings of mince pies and glasses of amber nectar as we proceeded. We finished at about 12.30 and returned to the grotto to park the sleigh with Santa still in fine voice for our Christmas dinners.

We raised from the Christmas Day deliveries this year £245 from delivery of the presents, £25.50 was received in donations on route and Red Oaks expressed their gratitude for Santa’s isit with a £50 donation, giving a Christmas Day total of £320.50.

 Lastly my thanks to the Christmas Day team for giving up their Christmas morning and giving a lot of children something special to remember which I hope you also all enjoyed.

The Team:

Father Christmas 1 – Dave Malkin,  Reindeer – Gerald Cranford

Father Christmas 2 – Russ Cardon,  Reindeer – David Harvey

Elves - Andy Warren, Paul Hubner, Graham Denyer

 Happy New Year to you all

‘Chief’ Elf Graham


Jumble sale 14th December

The BP Guild Jumble Sale and Auction raised an incredible £1,522.05 on December 14th!! Another record, we believe..!
Thank you to everyone that helped and everyone that supported the event.

Marquee Hire

Many thanks to all our new and returning customers for marquee hire this year. We can take bookings any time for next year with hirings available from April to September

Champion's Cup presentation

The Henfield BP Guild is very proud to have been awarded the
“Chairman’s Cup for Community Work” from the National BP Guild Organisation. The National Treasurer Peter Skilton awarded the cup to Robin Wadey (Chairman) on the 1st May. The cup is awarded in recognition of outstanding community involvement, eg, Senior Citizens’ outing, Christmas Collections and present delivery, Youth Club painting, supporting the Guides and Scouts, the Scout Centre Community Building Appeal etc.


Our popular jumble sales would not be the same without all the non-Guild helpers who work really hard to make them a success. Thank you so much to other non-Guild good folks that donated raffle prizes including Debbie (Manager of Henfield Youth Club) who recently donated a lovely home-made cake and Fiona (from Stokes) who gave us all the boxes of chocolates, crackers and more. We definitely couldn't do it without them - they work so hard early in the morning sorting the jumble, selling the jumble and then late in the afternoon in clearing up. See you at our next jumble sale in October 2019.


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by donating to the Henfield Scout Community Centre Building Appeal. 

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