The Arts Festival Hits The Airwaves

On Wednesday the 22nd of November Festival Organiser, Colin Kenward and Sean Lesponera who exhibited a selection of his vast collection of movie props as part of this year’s festival were guests on the ‘Simply Redhead’ show on Mid Downs Radio.

Sean told listeners about his love for the movies and how he started collecting props. He also recounted stories of life as an ‘Extra’. If you look closely you’ll see him in ‘Goldeneye’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Spiceworld – The Movie’!

Colin was on hand to give an update on all things festival and reveal that thanks to the generosity of all the many people that attended the many events held at this years festival the sum of £3000 was donated to our chosen charities - Hope and Homes for Children and the MNDA.  Colin also went on to explain how people can get in touch and what they can do to if they want to help with next years event.

Colin also had a few lucky guesses during the movie quiz organised by the host and friend of the festival – Wendy Swinton-Eagle.

To hear the show featuring Sean and Colin  - Click Here.

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Sponsorship with the Haywards Heath Arts Festival is an excellent and very affordable way to get your name or business noticed around town to thousands of people and potential new customers.

Building on our reputation from last year’s first ever arts festival in Haywards Heath we are looking to improve on the diverse range of content from last year and our reach into the community. As well as having a lot of fun along the way we’ll also be raising much needed funds for our charity partner ‘Hope and Homes for Children’ and their efforts to help the children caught up in the conflict in Ukraine.

You can also be part of this inclusive community event so if you’re able to assist please get in contact with the organising committee by emailing

We are also on the lookout for volunteers to assist with tasks. These might be distributing leaflets, helping to curate at an exhibition or helping to collect charitable donations at our events. The list goes on. So if you have a few hours to spare and you’d like to be part of festival week please drop as line at the email address above.

Your Kind Donations Making Such a Difference.

On Friday October the 7th 2022 committee members from the Haywards Heath Arts Festival travelled to the Guildhall in Salisbury to attend the ‘Hope and Homes for Children’ supporter day.

Members heard first-hand how their efforts were making a positive impact in Ukraine. As a brief appraisal of the situation here is what Hope and Homes for Children say on their website.


‘Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, countless families have been torn apart by brutal bombing and bloodshed. As well as losing family members in the fighting, over six million people have fled across the border, leaving loved ones, livelihoods and almost everything they owned behind. Families are getting separated in the chaos, and children are travelling, unaccompanied, into foreign countries.


This war is not merely a humanitarian crisis for the people of Ukraine, but for the world. It has created a child protection emergency across the region. And it has exposed Ukraine’s vast system of orphanages, housing 100,000 children – many of whom have been left to face the dangers of war alone.


Hope and Homes for Children is working together with our local partners across Ukraine, Romania and Moldova to support the most vulnerable children and families on the brink of survival.  Since February 2022 we’ve already supported more than 13,000 children in Ukraine, and over 9,000 refugees across Romania and Moldova.’

As well as the crisis in Ukraine Members also heard about the charities inspiring projects around the world. Since 1994, Hope and Homes for Children has been working to stop the institutionalisation of children. They are 200 people, in multiple countries, inspiring organisations, including the UN, EU and governments around the world, to close the doors of orphanages forever. Orphanages that don’t help children but harm them. Children who grow up in orphanages routinely suffer violence, abuse and neglect. The charity aim to fight for every child to feel the love and belonging of a safe family home.

Thank you so much for your support of our chosen charity patner. 

You can read much more about the work of Hope and Homes for Children here.  

Festival committee member Colin Kenward presents donations from Haywards Heath Arts Festival to Catherine Buttt Supporter Fundraising manager at the Hope and Homes for Children Supporter Day at Salisbury Guildhall.