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Horsham school wins BEANO’s Britain’s Funniest Class

Foxes class from Castlewood Primary in Horsham, West Sussex have been revealed as the winners of Beano’s Britain’s Funniest Class national joke competition.



Their joke,

At the bank a lady asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over” 

received over a third of the final 7.4 million votes on crowning them the ultimate champions.

The national competition, launched in April this year, challenged primary school classes across the country to submit their best gags to be in with a chance of taking home the title of Britain’s Funniest Class 2019.

Ten schools were shortlisted by comedian Harry Hill along with a panel of Beano’s gag masters before being put to a public vote on to decide the winner. presenter Emma Shaw today presented the class with the official Beano Britain’s Funniest Class trophy along with prizes including a bundle of Beano annuals and comic subscriptions. The class will also be treated to a special joke workshop to help further hone their budding comedy skills.

Final Position School Class Name Shortlisted joke
1st Castlewood Primary School, Southwater (West Sussex) Foxes At the bank a lady asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.
2nd Polperro Primary, Looe (Cornwall) Talland YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are making a joint website. What would it be called?  YouTwitFace.
3rd Bispham Endowed CE Primary School, Blackpool (Lancashire) 6A A Mexican man says to his friends, ‘I can disappear in three seconds. Uno…dos…’ and then he disappears without a ‘tres’!

All shortlisted schools will have their jokes added to Beano’s joke generator ( and receive special Beano certificates marking their achievement.

The two runners-up, Polperro Primary and Bispham Endowed CE Primary, will also each receive annuals, comic subscriptions and a special VIP Beano visit in July.

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director at Beano Studios said,

“This competition has now proved to Britain and beyond that we have a nation of funny kids! A huge congrats to Castlewood Primary and all the shortlisted schools – keep that LOLZ comedy genius coming!”

Rachel Nunns, Headteacher of Castlewood Primary said,

“We are all so very proud of our Foxes class and their joke. We have been amazed by the support of the parents of the class and how the entire school has rallied behind them. Also the immense public support and votes on that have led to this wonderful result!”

Katy Smith, Foxes Class Teacher said of the win,

“The class are just so thrilled, they can’t quite believe they have won! We all want to say a huge thank you to Beano, we’ve had so much fun writing jokes for the competition.”

To view the final results of Beano’ Britain’s Funniest Class competition visit


Young woman escapes sexual assault along main road in Horsham

Police in Horsham are seeking a man who attacked a woman in the street.



At about 8.15am on Saturday (25 May) the 26-year-old woman was walking west along Harwood Road, Horsham, when she became aware of a man following her as she crossed the roundabout junction with Comptons Lane.

As she continued along Harwood Road the man grabbed her and pushed her up against a fence and attempted to sexually assault her.

However she kneed him and hit him in the face and was able to run off. The man did not follow her and ran off in the direction from which he had come.

He was described as white, about 20, quite skinny and tall, wearing a tracksuit, and dark grey or black trainers.

PC Neil Twelves said;

“The victim was very shaken by the incident but was not physically hurt.

“This is a very unusual incident for the area, there is no pattern of any similar recent incidents.

“If anyone was either in the area that morning saw anything of what happened, or has any other information, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 339 of 25/05.”

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