Competition – graffiti blocks

Make a graffiti block and enter into the competition. Prizes awarded to the best in age groups.

When: 17th September, 10.30-11.30am and 2.30-3.30pm

Where: South end of the High Street

Who: Children aged 4+, young adults and anyone else with a penchant for paint

Booking essential.

Young participants will be schooled in the whole creative process of Graffiti art and have the opportunity to spray paint by themselves. If they wish, their completed artwork will be entered into a competition, awards given in age categories.

These workshops will aim to build self-esteem and encourage self-expression, build concentration and offer participants a positive alternative to their aspirations.

The cost of this workshop is £10 per person. However we have secured some funding for early registrations to make this accessible and inclusive. Please contact for more information.

Prizes will be awarded to the best board and presented by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mark Spofforth.  Tom Goulden, Graffiti Artist, Can Control will be bringing materials for the competition.

This year’s Lindfield Arts Festival is loosely connected to the 175th Anniversary Celebrations of Haywards Heath Railway coming to the area and as such the Tom Goulden will be making a graffiti board and decorating a truck to accompany the procession on Sunday 18th September 2016 from the Station to Victoria Park.

Lindfield Arts Festival Team would like to invite groups to take part and graffiti a board. If you would like to know more and participate, please let us know as soon as possible.


Budding authors and poets, your chance to WIN

We’re offering children aged between 7-13 the chance to


a set of books by the children’s authors

visiting the Arts Festival this year!

All you have to do is write a short story (500-1500 words) or a poem (no more than 40 lines).


In celebration of the arrival of the railway to the area 175 years ago, the theme for your short story or poem must be trains!


  • Anyone between the ages of 7 and 13 may enter.
  • All entries must be received on or before 1st September 2016.
  • All entries must be emailed to in a word document (or similar format). NB: Entries can be written by hand, but must be scanned and emailed to Please ensure the subject of the email states ‘WRITING COMPETITION’ followed by the name of the child and their age. Please do not write the name of the competitor on the actual entry – only in the subject line of the email.
  • Short stories must be between 500-1500 words.
  • Poems must be no longer than 40 lines.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries not adhering to the rules & requirements will be disqualified.
  • Copyright remains with the author, but Lindfield Arts Festival reserves the right to have entries performed at the Festival, , published on the internet, or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future.
  • Winners will be announced and prizes presented at the Festival on Saturday 17th September.
  • The prize is a selection of books written and signed by the authors attending the Festival.

The competition is being organised by The Book Activist who will also be on the panel of judges.



Budding actors – apply here

Great news. Lindfield Arts Festival has secured the right to close the High Street for Saturday 17th September 2016. Don’t worry there will be alternative arrangements for all public transport and the LAF Team will endeavour to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged during the day.

performingThe closure means lots of street activities, much more than last year. This year, be prepared to be surprised by circus troupes and graffiti installations along with buskers, musicians and dance activities. You can also see the classic cars on display.

There will be much to do and see.PICT2388

Do you remember the street plays last year? This year we are looking for budding performers to participate again. Robin Belfield, now Young People’s Performance Developer at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, has kindly agreed to write a script for LAF 2016 and this will be directed by a member of the Lindfield Dramatic Club. However we need some actors! If you are interested in joining the rehearsals and performing on both 17 and 18th September 2016 please email:

We can’t wait to hear from you.Can control 1hooping

Graffiti in Lindfield High Street

Graffiti in the High Street I hear you say! Yes, for Lindfield Arts Festival we are delighted to welcome back Tom Goulden, Can Control Team to run a competition and some workshops on Saturday 17th September 2016.Graffiti

The competition is for local community groups to graffiti spray and decorate a panel. The panels will then be used to adorn the low-loader which will accompany the procession from Haywards Heath Railway Station on Sunday 18th September celebrating 175 years of the railway coming to the area. The competition will be judged by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mark Spofforth.

The workshops will be available for 10 year olds and over; you will however need to register in advance and there will be a charge for materials. You will need to register in advance.Can control 1

Lindfield Arts Festival Team are inviting local groups to enter the graffiti competition, however if you are a member of a special group and would like to take part please e-mail

Programme tasters:

On Saturday night you may be spoilt for choice; booked and confirmed at the moment is burlesque dancing in the Bent Arms pub, a sophisticated concert in the URC with Mid Sussex Sinfonia and Lucy Cooper performing in the Stand Up Inn. What will you chose?

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Lindfield Arts Festival is a registered charity no: 1150304 run by volunteers to deliver a varied, exciting arts event for the local community that nurtures creativity, broadens the mind, provokes imagination and provides unique experiences for contributors and visitors alike.The Festival is committed to providing opportunities for the whole community in Mid-Sussex, from young to old with the emphasis on inclusive activities for all; particularly those with special educational needs.

A big thank you – a letter from the Chair

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18th – 20th September 2015

The 2015 LAF Team, led by myself, have now had time to sit down and evaluate the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival.

With a small team and despite no dedicated artistic director, we can say that this year’s contained Festival was a resounding success in more ways than one. We have had consistently good feedback from those connected to the Festival, performers and local residents, most of whom attended. There was a varied, exciting programme which, with the back drop of Lindfield’s iconic High Street, showcased local talented actors, musicians, dancers, authors, artists and more.

Once again Lindfield Arts Festival is very grateful to their commercial sponsors particularly Barratt Homes, the charity support from local Rotary groups, Lindfield Preservation Society and The Comber Trust, local District and Parish Councils’ grant funding, Friends of the Festival and local traders that enabled the Festival to go ahead by providing the necessary financial support.

In practical terms, there are a host of thank-you’s to be offered to the army of volunteers including the hard-working Team LAF 2015 for their practical help before, during and after the Festival days’ events. We were delighted that the Lindfield Bonfire Society were able to provide much needed refreshments for the record number of people attending the Arts & Crafts displayed in the King Edward Hall.

We very much appreciated your support this year, and hope that we can look forward to your continued interest for the 2016 Lindfield Art Festival.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Heath

Chairman of the Trustees

Who’s up for the pub quiz?

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pub quiz





Sunday 20th September 







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Pub Quiz

Test your knowledge at this fun quiz

Have you got your team prepared?

It’s the final countdown

top endTeam LAF 2015 are getting very excited.  There are only a couple more days to go before the sixth [yes Sixth] Lindfield Arts Festival kicks off.

Each year has had a different theme and focus and this year proves no exception. The High Street will feature prominently on Saturday as a backdrop to local performers.  Listen out for the church bell peals to open the Festival.

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Sandy Wickham-Eade

We’re starting off with the Comedy Night and after a good night’s rest will prepare Lindfield High Street for its traffic free day of fun and frolics.  The Plays will be one of the main features but don’t forget the workshops happening around the Village and the activities, performances and art and craft displays.

Sunday has the Barefoot Players in the Lindfield Primary School performing their ‘Little Women’ whilst there will be a band playing in the Stand Up to round the Festival off.

Sue PearsonSaturday and Sunday in the King Edward Hall have a wonderful exhibition of Arts and Crafts.  Surely there’ll be something for everyone and it’s not too early to shop for Christmas is it?

Lots for everyone to see and do – join us. 


Laura finalises her father’s Memorial Exhibition



The Stable, Tiger Rooms

Laura Morgan

Alex Wilson Memorial Exhibition

A memorial exhibition of Alex Wilson’s abstract art to support and promote

Dementia UK.

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View Alex’s Pictures in advance

Alex Wilson, a prolific abstract artist died on 19th April 2015. Born in Scotland in the 1930’s he travelled and worked in a variety of occupations until he settled in Eastbourne, becoming a well respected coin expert and authoring a prestigious book about gold coins. A man brim full of humour and fun, he was also a chess champion, snooker player, avid music fan and yoga practioner.

He painted and sketched throughout his life and devoted much of his time in later years to his passion for art, creating a diverse portfolio of abstract works in acrylic, oil and pastel as well as sketches and collages. His diagnosis of Dementia with Lewy Bodies in 2008 affected him in many ways including tragically his ability to hold a brush or a pen.

We are honouring his talent by presenting a Memorial Exhibition of his work to support and promote Dementia UK. The charity funds the provision of Admiral Nurses to assist families affected by dementia. 100% of proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Dementia UK.

Alex exhibited around Sussex including at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne and sold successfully. In September there will be an exhibition of original work in various sizes and media, both framed and unframed. Viewers will have an opportunity not only to enjoy his fascinating portfolio but also to buy the originals and order giclee prints of popular pieces.

The Lindfield Arts Festival has offered to host our exhibition free of charge and we hope to find sponsors to help with promotion, printing catalogues and to help fund the Private View. There is also a ‘Just Giving’ page for donations from people who can’t join us in September.

More information : 07973 291665 |

Laura Morgan & Fiona Cargill,

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King Edward Hall and the WI

WI First-meeting

Lindfield Women’s Institute Celebrating 100 years

Exhibiting in the Jubilee Room, King Edward Hall

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2015

The first WI meeting in the UK was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, Wales, on 16 September 1915.  Since then, the organisation has grown to become the largest women’s voluntary organisations in the UK with over 212,000 members in 6,600 WIs.

The WI was first established to educate rural women, and to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.  Education and the sharing of skills have always been at the heart of the organisation, and this remains true today.

Whilst the meeting venues might have changed from the local village hall to local café, the ethos and reputation of the WI remains the same, and women join now to meet new friends, learn new skills and make a difference on matters that are important to them now as fellow members did in 1915.

To see the history of the WI at a glance, click here to see our centenary timeline.

For a more indepth look at the history of the WI, click here to view the archive information.