Ash Parish Council


Ash Fun Day 2009


This years annual Ash Parish Fun Day was held on Saturday 25th July 2009. Once again the fun and games took place at the Ash Centre and on the adjacent recreation ground. The overall event being organised by the staff of Ash Parish Council.

The weather was very kind to us this year and although the sky was not cloudless throughout we did enjoy a good amount of sunshine during the afternoon.

The days events got under way with the judging of the flower, fruit, vegetable, flower arranging, baking and craft competitions. The number of entries were disapointing this year as they were down on last year. For a list of class winners click here. Class Winners.

The Class winners, together with the second and third placed entries all received their certificates from Councillor Nigel Manning during the afternoon.

The Fun Day was officially opened by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Pauline Searle and Chairman of Ash Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Manning.

Following the official opening, the arena displays started with a brand new performance for Fun Day, the Cadence Guildford Drum and Bugle Corps. The Corps, whose youngest member was just 7 years of age, performed two displays during the afternoon.

Another new act for the Fun Day was a demonstration by the Tokon Shotokan Karate Academy led by Jana Gee. Jana won the JSKA Ladies World Kumite Championship for 2006 in New York.

The demonstration started with a few basic Karate principles and gradually built up to the more advance techniques.

This years finale was yet another new act for Fun Day and this was a spectacular flying display by Eagle Owl, Honey and Peregrine Falcon, Bob from the Henfold Birds of Prey Centre.

The Birds were abley assisted by Barry and Nicola from the Birds of Prey Centre. Ash Parish Council would like to sincerely thank the Centre who stepped in to provide both a static and the very dramatic flying display at the very last minute. We would also like to thank all the children who braved Honey's talons during the display.

Once again The Frimley Park Hospital Outside Broadcast Unit, led by Kieran Cooke and Terry Joy, performed a magnificent job of compering the main arena events and Ash Parish Council would like to thank them accordingly.

Whilst the arena events were underway there were over 30 different stalls and stands representing various charities and local groups from in and around the village. These stalls included the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Ash U3A, Ash Grange Childrens Centre and the Ash Garden Club to name but a few.

Rounding off the entertainment other attractions included a children's mini fun fair, a burger bar, ice cream van, and of course the beer tent supplied by FM Bars.

Just after 5 o'clock, Councillor Nigel Manning officially closed the event. Nigel thanked all participants for taking part and the Parish Council Staff led by Clerk of the Council, Carole Olive for organising the event.

Finally with the 2009 Fun Day now over the council staff can take a small break before beginning preperations for Ash Fun Day 2010. Please remember to keep returning to the Ash Parish Council Web Site for details of the 2010 event.

For more Fun Day 2009 pictures click here.

All pictures copyright Graham Bidwell except for those marked * copyright Neil Bidwell