Many of the village traditions began with Leo Luksepp, who left his native Estonia during the war, married Joan and settled in Crowhurst. Leo was a great believer in British values and traditions and wanted to encourage them in Crowhurst.
King and Queen of Crowhurst
The first crowning of a King of Crowhurst (King Leo himself) took place in Leo and Joan’s front room in 1979 and continued in that fashion for many years until the crowning became a feature of the St Georges Day in the Village Hall, and then the Village Christmas Party
. Eventually there were too many villagers wanting to be present and it has in recent years become a very important part of the Summer Hog Roast held on the Village Hall Field, so that everyone could attend.
One important role of the King and Queen is to organise The Village Walk
, usually in late Spring. The original purpose was to ensure that footpaths were walked and kept open, and although some walks have included private property, the aim remains.