Ash Parish Council


Ash Fun Day 2007

This year the Ash Fun Day was held on Saturday 21 July 2007. This annual event, organised by the Parish Council, was held at the Ash Centre and on the adjacent recreation ground.

Events got underway during the morning, with the judging of the flower, vegetable, flower arranging, baking and craft competitions. There was also a children's painting competition, this year's theme was endangered species. This was well supported by local schools and it was judged by local Neighbourhood Support Officer (NSO) P.C. Charlie Harris and Local Community Safety Warden (CSW) Lesley Clarke.

The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Nevins accompanied by the Chairman of Ash Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Manning, officially opened the Fun Day. The Mayor gave a short speech welcoming everyone to the event, and then spent some time, with the Mayoress, visiting various attractions and stalls.

There were many stallholders who represented various charities and local groups from in and around the village. These included the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, St. Mary's Church Ash Vale and the 1st Blackwater Valley Baden Powell Scout Group. From the feedback received, everyone had a profitable and enjoyable day.

Other attractions included a children's mini fun fair, a burger bar, ice cream, candy floss, and not forgetting, the beer tent which was supplied by the Hogs Back Brewery from Tongham.

Once again, the Radio Frimley Park Hospital Team did an excellent job of compering the main arena events. Their imaginative choice of music and wonderful sense of humour really helped in getting people to join in the swing of things.

The arena events included a display by the the Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums, dancing by local school children and a Mummers play by the Playmakers, a local drama group. The afternoon's proceedings were rounded off with an amusing display of dog agility, provided by KATS. As usual this demonstration proved especially popular with members of the public.

In addition to the arena events, the Mayflower Morris Dancers performed traditional Morris Dancing in the car park and members of the public were encouraged to join in. As can be seen in the picture, P.C. Charlie Harris had no hesitation in showing his dancing skills.

Later in the afternoon, Councillor Nigel Manning, presented certificates to the winners of the various competitions and along with P.C. Charlie Harris and CSW Lesley Clarke presented the certificates and prizes to the winners of the children's painting competitions.

Even though the the whole day was overshadowed and interrupted by many rain showers, the Fun Day was an enormous success. Ash Parish Council would like to thank all those volunteers, members of staff and Councillors who gave up their time, to support and help make it such a fantastic day, for so many people.