The 2007 Christmas Fantasia organised by the Members and
Officers of Ash Parish Council took place on Saturday 1 December 2007. The
Fair was officially opened by Councillor Nigel Manning, Chairman of the Parish
Council and was supported by many local charities and organisations.
Over 600 people enjoyed a variety of stalls and attractions
including childrenís games, craft tables and fun fair rides. Ash & District Museum
Society had a special display of old photographs of Ash in bygone days, this
proved to be very popular.
The Members and Officers of the Parish Council ran a tombola and
cake stall, which raised over £400 for local charities. A huge thank you to all the
residents, local businesses and organisations who kindly donated all the prizes and cakes.
As sunset fell, a large crowd gathered at Ash Wharf, where the Salvation
Army Band and the choir of St. Peterís Church led the carol singing around the Christmas tree.
At 5.00pm Father
Christmas arrived to switch on the tree lights.
He was accompanied by popular cartoon characters Cruella
de Ville, Mickey and Minnie Mouse,
Bugs Bunny, the Snowman, Winnie
the Pooh and Tigger. They helped Father
Christmas hand out sweets to all the children who
had come to see him, before everyone returned to the Ash Centre
for mince pies and mulled wine, kindly supplied by Mike Duffy from
Yet again the Ash Christmas Fantasia was an enormous success and the Members
and Officers would like to say a special thank you to Party Pants for generously supplying all
the fancy dress costumes free of charge, Disco Sales of Farnborough for organising the public
address system and Vale Furnishers for supplying the machinery, which enabled the lights to be
put on the Christmas tree.