Ash Parish Council


Ash Fun Day 2011

This years Ash Parish Fun Day was held on Saturday 16th July. The event again being organised by the staff of Ash Parish Council and held at the Ash Centre and the adjacent Recreation Ground in Ash Hill Road, Ash.

The weather this year could not have been much worse during the morning set up, with very heavy rain at times. The rain did slowly clear from the west and following the official opening by Councillor Nigel Manning the afternoon was basically dry, although cloudy.

The days events got under way with the judging of the flower, vegetable, flower arranging, baking and craft, including a photographic class, competitions. The number of entries were up this year compared to last year. For a list of class winners click here. Class Winners.

The show class winners, together with the second and third placed entries will receive their winning certificates during the Ash in Bloom 2011 awards evening in September.

The Fun Day was officially opened by Chairman of Ash Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Manning.

Following the official opening, the arena displays started with another fantastic flying display by the Henfold Birds of Prey. The display allowed a number of children to participate by allowing the falcon to land on their specially gloved hand. The Birds of Prey also performed a second flying display later in the afternoon. Ash parish Council would like to thank Barry and Nicola Ryder for once again participating in the Fun Day.

This was followed by a display given by the Tokon Shotokan Karate Academy who went through a number of different routines including self defence demonstrations.

The Pheonix Dance Crew, who once again at the last minute undertook two dance displays, due to the cancellation ofanother act.

The Frimley Park Hospital Outside Broadcast Unit, performed a magnificent job of compering the main arena events and joining the whole afternoon by providing a running commentary and music and Ash Parish Council would like to thank them accordingly.

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

Also for a new innovation for 2011 was a small classic car display for which Ash Parish Council would like to thank all participants, for bringing their cars, especailly with the weather being so inclement.

Rounding off the entertainment other attractions included a burger bar and of course the beer tent supplied by The Hogs Back Brewery.

Councillor Nigel Manning officially closed the event by thanking 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 2011 Fun Day now over the council staff can take a small break before beginning preperations for Christmas Fantasia 2011 and Ash Fun Day 2012. Please remember to keep returning to the Ash Parish Council Web Site for details of all of the Parish Councils events for 2011 and 2012..

All pictures copyright Graham Bidwell