Festive lights go on again at Hammerfield Farm

Picture by Clive Bennett
Picture by Clive Bennett

In a remote rural area close to Chithurst thousands of twinkling festive lights have gone on at Hammerfield Farm.

It is the annual lights display organised for the past 15 years by the Collins family to raise money for charities.

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

The result is a winding track leading to Christmas tableaux all over the farm inside outbuildings and outside in the farmyard.

Central to the display again this year is Donkey Hote, who became part of the family last year when Bob met him on a farm and was unable to resist him.

There are all the traditional Christmas scenes and this year a few new surprises for visitors.

Six years ago the family donated all funds raised by visitors to their lights to buying a defibrillator for the area after a member of the family died suddenly in the remote area.

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

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

The family ask for donations for charity.

They have not yet decided which local charities they will support this year.

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There’s recipes, suggestions for presents and everything from choosing your tree to recycling your packaging and paper.

Go to www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/christmas/