Donkey Hote and the Chithurst Christmas lights

Christmas lights at Hammerfield Farm, Chithurst Nr Petersfield West Sussex on Monday 14 December 2015 . www.polopictures.co.uk Chithurst Petersfield Clive Bennett 20151214 ?2015 Clive Bennett Photography 14/12/2015 _CB_0779.CR2 SUS-151215-133616001
Christmas lights at Hammerfield Farm, Chithurst Nr Petersfield West Sussex on Monday 14 December 2015 . www.polopictures.co.uk Chithurst Petersfield Clive Bennett 20151214 ?2015 Clive Bennett Photography 14/12/2015 _CB_0779.CR2 SUS-151215-133616001

AS drivers negotiate the bend of a windy lane in a remote rural area of Chithurst, they come across something quite spectacular.

They are greeted by thousands of twinkling lights, the loud deep laughter of Father Christmas, the sounds of bells and trains and the occasional braying of a donkey.

www.polopictures.co.uk  Clive Bennett Photography

www.polopictures.co.uk Clive Bennett Photography

It is the annual Christmas lights display organised for the past 14 years by the Collins family at Hammerfield Farm.

Bob insists it is all the work of his wife, Margaret: “I just go up the ladders and do what I am told,” he said.

For several years Margaret was helped by her daughter Jayne and grand-daughter Emily, but now 19, Emily is currently studying to be a vet at Surrey University.

Five years ago the family donated all funds raised by visitors to their lights to buying a defibrillator for the area after Emily’s father Ashley, died suddenly in the remote rural area.

www.polopictures.co.uk  Clive Bennett Photography

www.polopictures.co.uk Clive Bennett Photography

The family are still fundraising with donations to other charities as visitors flock from miles around to see the spectacular displays.

It now covers the farm entrance, follows a winding track and leads to the grand finale in a farm shed.

A new edition this year is Donkey Hote, brought home by Bob who met him on a farm and was unable to resist him.

The display is on 24 hours a day until January 6.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MidhurstandPetworthObserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @mid_pet_obs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Midhurst and Petworth Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.