Project information

Primary Schools Heritage Festival 2011

Children from 9 schools in the Chailey cluster will be learning Morris dancing and designing and building hobby horses. They will perform for each other and parents at a joint festival at Plumpton Race Course.
Their Hobby Horses will also be paraded at the Lady's Day race meet later in the year.

January 2011 - June 2011

Charity information

South East Folk Arts Network

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  • Need


    Children need opportunities for regular physical activity other than sport.
    There is also a lack of awareness of local history and traditions needed to give the children a feeling of continuity in the local community.


    Learning a traditional dance form and performing it in public provides the children with opportunities for physical activity that they find enjoyable. It also gives them a sense of place and belonging to a living tradition while performing builds confidence.
    Making and parading Hobby Horses encourages creativity and pride in their own achievements.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Physically active children


    » Learning and performing traditional dances.

    Success will be...children from 9 schools learning and performing dances.

    Aim 2

    Creative children.


    » Designing and constructing Hobby Horses with assistance from teachers and external tutors.
    » Creating new dances in the traditional style with help from external tutors.
    » Designing and making performance costumes with help from teachers and parents.

    Success will be...children from 9 schools designing and creating Hobby Horses and performance costumes.

    Aim 3

    Encourage children to take an interest in traditions and the local community.


    » Learning traditional dance from professional tutors and local community performance groups.
    » Designing and making Hobby Horses.
    » Performing traditional dances, parading the Hobby Horses and attending an evening barn dance for children, parents, grand parents etc.
    » Parading the Hobby Horses and dancing at a public race meet.

    Success will be... some children from each school continuing to learn and perform the dances.

  • Impact


    The festival is set to continue as an annual event, and some schools intend to continue to run dance clubs for the children (either in school time or after school).
    Continuation of this schools cluster dance event as a tradition in its own right and children joining local community dance groups as they get older would constitute a great success.


    Physical activity involving children require that all adults are adequately vetted. Outside tutors are CRB checked.


    A final report with photographs will be prepared on the festival day and provided to all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,100 workshops tutored sessions with the children
      £1,400 Festival Day Venue hire and on the day costs
      £1,450 General Costs Admin, travel and printing

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pheby Bequest £1,000 Guaranteed
    Grass Roots £440 Guaranteed
    Long Man Morris £500 Guaranteed
    Brighton Morris £250 Guaranteed
    Harvey's Brewery, Lewes £500 Guaranteed
    Rotary Club £200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Schools in the Chailey cluster in East Sussex.
    Plumpton Race Course pavilion, East Sussex.


    Children from all 9 schools in the Chailey cluster with widely differing catchment areas.
    Both parents and grand parents are encouraged to attend the festival day to ensure a good cross generational mix.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SEFAN is the umbrella body for traditional arts (folk, roots and world) in the South East of England. It provides a light layer of networking support to its members (individuals and organisations), and in this project Ditchling Morris and Plumpton Primary School (both SEFAN members) are the lead delivery organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Bacon

    SEFAN board member and Ditchling Morris contact. He is booking the external tutors and doing most fundraising and a musician for performances.

    David Johns

    Teacher at Plumpton school. Schools liaison and festival organiser.

    Penny Allen

    SEFAN General Manager. Administration and financial control.