The Independent State organises several annual events as well as October’s Election Night Count. The following day sees the New Mayor’s Procession through the village. All the money raised by the candidates’ votes goes to local good causes so The Independent State of Cuckfield raises its own funds for its administration.
Does your organisation take part in the Mayoral Procession? If not why not? Get in touch and your or your organisation could take part in the fun in 2018! As well as a cash prize for the three best dressed entries all the participating organisations receive a donation from The Independent State.
- A walking race has been held around the roads of Cuckfield and surrounding areas since the 1920s
- A number of routes have been used over the years, but today’s route has been established since the 60s, which is around the time that the walking race came under the auspices of the Independent State of Cuckfield
- Today the race is held each Easter Monday using a route that is approximately 5 miles long, starting from the Recreation Ground, down the High Street, up into Ansty, along Deaks Lane, back to Whitemans Green and down London Road back into the Rec.
- There is a staggered start for residents of Cuckfield, based on previous completion times, and a cup is awarded to the first lady and first man to finish
- Over the years other competitions have been introduced, within the same single race, including fastest resident lady, fastest resident man, fastest non-resident lady, fastest non-resident man, fastest veteran, fastest ladies team, fastest men’s team
- Three of the competitions are named after people who made significant contributions to the history of the walking race, these are: Frank Woods (fastest veteran), Phyl Bowring (fastest resident lady), Jim Swain (fastest resident man). Frank entered the race on numerous occasions and was still taking part in his 70s, Phyl also entered the race many times and continued to take part when in her 70s, while Jim won the fastest resident man competition several times and still holds the record for the fastest ever time
- The Cuckoo Fayre started in the late 70s and takes place in the Recreation Ground on May Day Bank Holiday Monday
- The Independent State is the overall organiser of the Cuckoo Fayre, but only receives a pitch fee from each participating organisations. (This goes towards covering the costs including insurance and the hire of the Recreation Ground.)
- The Cuckoo Fayre is a collection of stalls run by various organisations and each keeps the money raised on its stall to contribute to their own funds and causes.
- The Wheel of Wine stall is run by the ISOC committee, and helps support our annual operating costs. This Wheel of Fortune offers a bottle of wine to the winner of each spin and is always a popular attraction!
- The Fayre has featured different forms of public entertainment over the years, including tug of war, five-a-side football, obstacle course competition, Irish dancing, twirling displays, live bands, children’s games, mini football, mini rugby, dog show, marching bands, and line dancing
- Held each year in the Queen’s Hall in late November or early December
- Open to all the older residents living in the Parish of Cuckfield
- Transport to and from the Queen’s Hall can be arranged
- Due to hiring regulations, the number of diners is limited and so places are allocated as responses to invites are received – enquire now!
- Features entertainment and a sing-a-long
- Father Christmas is always likely to make an appearance!