Village Tree Lighting

On Sunday 2nd December at 4.30 the village got together on the Village Green to celebrate the start of Advent.  The May Queen Florence Baker-White had the responsibility of lighting the tree.  We all sang carols around the tree while the children helped to decorate it.  We then made our way into the hall for some refreshments provided by the Fete Committee which included mulled wine and mince pies before the carol singing commenced again.  We all participated in the finale for a raucous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas.  All donations went to St Christophers and icare.

The Bulls Head pub helped us carry on the festivities with a heart warming stew and a classic Christmas quiz with their proceeds going to the Air Ambulance

Halstead Open Gardens, Sun 11 June, 10.30-5

Beautiful gardens to explore, Art exhibition, Plant sale, Village flowerpot sculptures

Cream teas/barbeque/refreshments, Children’s play area & bouncy castle

Live piano jazz, Grand prize draw

Tickets: £6 in advance, £8 on the day, Free entry for under 16’s (must be accompanied by an adult), available locally from: Hancocks village shop, the Cock Inn, the Rose & Crown, the Village Ironing Shop, Halstead Community Primary School, the Three Horseshoes, Knockholt. Also available by emailing

Pratts Bottom Fete, Sat 20 May

Come and join the fun at our traditional village fete. The day starts at 11.30 with a procession from Broke Farm Recreation Ground to the Village Green, where the May Queen will be crowned. Then all the traditional fun things to watch or do like Punch and Judy, Orpington Gymnasts, Country Dancing, Fun Dog Show, Tug of War and Grand Raffle. The best dressed house in the village will get an award!

PLEASE NOTE: As the police won’t allow one-way traffic, Rushmore Hill residents are asked to keep their cars off the road from 6 am to 4 pm on Fete Day.

Coming Events

Brenda Johnson writes, “You may already know that the May Fete is on 20th May 2017. The contacts are Lesley Jones who is the Chair of the Fete Committee, lesleynigel(at), and for stall information Brenda Johnson, lancejohnson100(at) The Fete is the usual format, starting at 12.00 on the Green.”

Also, Brenda reminds us that All Souls is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 11th March in PB Village Hall from 9.30 – 11.00. Entrance fee 50p. All welcome!

Pratts Bottom Village Fete 7 May 2016

May Queen

The fete will start at 11.30 with a procession from the Broke Farm Recreation Ground with the May Queen and others in fancy dress.

The traditional village fete will feature a May Queen, tug-of war, horsey hopper derby, pot of gold, lob the loo roll, fun dog show and much else. The Model Railway Society will have an exhibition in the village hall and a full steam loco on the green.

Please note that Rushmore Hill will be closed to traffic for about 30 minutes from 11.30 am. Then there will be normal two-way traffic but please observe the temporary NO PARKING signs. If the weather is fair (no rain for previous 48 hours) you can park at the Broke Farm Recreation Ground.

If you want to lend a hand, please turn up to the village green at 8 am. For any further information please contact Lesley Jones on 01689 854204 or lesleynigel (at)

Pratts Bottom Traditional English Fete, 16 May 2015

Pratts Bottom traditional village fete is held in May and features a parade, including the new May Queen, her followers and May Queens from other districts. This year there are 36 stalls on the green, some selling crafts, some games, tombolas, etc. and 8 stalls in the village hall. Also featured are: a bouncy castle, charity organ, Punch and Judy shows, Crazee Hazy on his stilts, a steam train running on the green, Thomas Tank engine in the hall and a new game with fantastic prizes – Pot of Gold.

The fete will start with a fancy dress procession at 11.30 from the Broke Farm Drive Recreation Ground. The fete will be opened by the new May Queen, Zoe McDonald, after she has been crowned by last year’s May Queen, Maddy Freestone. If you want to help please just turn up from 8.00 at the village green.

Note Rushmore Hill will be closed to traffic from 11.30 for about 30 minutes for the procession. There will then be normal 2-way traffic through the village but you are asked not to park between Hookwood Road and the A21 roundabout.

The fete committee is chaired by Lesley Jones, phone 01689 854204 or email lesleynigel (at)

Pratts Bottom Village Fete 17 May 2014

Put this date in your diary now. Note that the date given in the Village Newsletter is wrong. It is definitely Saturday 17 May. Our traditional village fete will feature:

  • Prize Raffle & Programme
  • Tug-o-war
  • Fun Dog Show
  • May Queen and Court
  • Fancy Dress
  • Loads of Games
  • Hot food
  • Punch & Judy
  • over 30 stalls and lots, lots more…