Ash Parish Councils Christmas Fantasia 2010 was
once again organised by the staff of Ash Parish Council. The Fantasia
took place on Saturday 4th December 2010, at the Ash Centre. The
Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Marsha Moseley and Chairman of Ash
Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Manning, officially opened the
event at 2:15pm. The event was again supported by many local charities
Inside the Ash Centre, visitors enjoyed even more
stalls than previous years. The stalls and attractions included
childrenís games, tombolas, raffles and a design your own Christmas
Card stall manned by members of Churches Together.
Ash & District Museum Society had a special display
of old photographs of Ash in bygone days, and once again this proved
to be a very popular attraction.
The staff of the Parish Council ran a tombola,
whilst the Parish Councillors supplied and ran a cake stall. The
event raised over £500 for local charities. Ash Parish Council
would like to give a huge thank you to all the residents, local
businesses and organisations who kindly donated the various prizes.
Making a return visit was Millers Ark,
a mobile farm, that was set up outside the Ash Centre. On show were
ducks, geese rabbits, miniature pigs and a two week old donkey with
As daylight faded, a large crowd gathered on Ash
Wharf, where Councillor Nigel Manning, accompanied by the Ash Vale
Ensemble and the choirs of St. Peterís and St. Mary's Churches led
carol singing around the Christmas tree. A snow machine added to
the festive atmosphere. The Ash Vale Ensemble being formed specifically
formed for this event from former members of the 1st Ash Vale Scout
Band, conducted by Councillor Len Scott.
Just before 5.00pm Father
Christmas arrived by "Santa Express"
to switch on the Christmas tree lights. During his journey from
the sleigh to the tree he distributed sweets to the children that
had gathered around the tree. He was accompanied a number of helpers
dressed in various costumes, including the three Kings, the Snowman
and many others.
After the light switching on ceremony every one
was invited to return to the the Ash Centre for mince pies and mulled
wine, kindly supplied by Mike Duffy from Budgens.
The Mothers Union of St. Peter's church provided tea, coffee and
buscuits throughout the afternoon.
Once again the Ash Christmas Fantasia was an enormous
success and the Staff and Councillors of Ash Parish Council would
like to say a special thank you to Party Pants
for once again generously supplying the fancy dress costumes free
Ash Parish Council would also like to thank the
Sponsors of the Wharf Christmas Tree:
The Co-operative Funeral Care
Sponsors of Fantasia:
The Bo Wah Fish and Chip Shop
The Dover Garage
Vale Vetinary Practise
Donators of Tombola Prizes:
The Ash Cittizens Advice Services
Happy Garden Takeaway
K and S Hair Studio
The RSPCA Charity Shop
Spice of India
Surrey Tackle Exchange
The Chandni Takeaway
The Forge Works
All pictures copyright G.Bidwell except those
marked * copyright N.Bidwell