Ash Parish Council


Christmas Fantasia 2012


Ash Parish Councils annual start to Christmas, Christmas Fantasia 2012, was once again organised by the Parish Council staff. Fantasia took place on Saturday 1st December 2012, at the Ash Centre. Chairman of Ash Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Manning, officially opened the event at 2:15pm. The event once again being supported by many local charities and organisations.

Inside the Ash Centre, visitors enjoyed stalls and attractions included childrenís games, tombolas, raffles, a balloon man, creating many varied balloon sculptures 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, together with the U3A Memory Room.

A specail mention must be made of Duffy's Budgens, who were giving samples of some locally produced items.

The afternoon was opened by a choir from the Briar Dance Academy signing a number of festive songs. Ash Parish Council would like to thank Anna Homes and the children in the various choirs for their fantasiric performances.

A Choir from Ash Grange Primary School also sang a number of christmas songs and carols. Ash Parish Council would like to thank Head Teacher Marie Curtis, Teaching Assistant Bev Evans and of course the children in the choir.

The staff of the Parish Council ran a tombola, whilst the Parish Councillors supplied and ran a cake stall. The event raised just under £1,000 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.

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. Snow was provided by a snow machine which also added to the festive atmosphere.

The Ash Vale Ensemble, returning for the third year running, to accompany the singing, consisting of former members of the 1st Ash Vale Scout Band, conducted by Len Scott.

Just before 5.00pm Father Christmas, arrived by "HMS Fantasia" a local pirate ship, to switch on the Christmas tree lights. During his journey from the ship to the tree he distributed sweets to the children that had gathered around the tree. He was accompanied on his journey by Peter Pan and his friends.

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 Duffy's Budgens. The Mothers Union of St. Peter's church provided tea, coffee and biscuits 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 all of the following for their contributions;

Sponsors of the Wharf Christmas Tree:
The Dover Garage

Sponsors of the Christmas Tree Lights: The Co-operative Funeral Care

Christmas Tree electric supply:
Bridges Estate Agents

Cherry Picker Hire:
Vale Furnishers

Donators of Tombola Prizes:
Full details will appear here shortly

All pictures copyright G.Bidwell except those marked * copyright N.Bidwell