Ash Parish Council


Christmas Fantasia 2014


Christmas Fantasia was once again organised by the Parish Council staff. Fantasia 2014 this year took place on Saturday 28th November, at the Ash Centre. The event once again being supported by many local charities and organisations.

Inside the Ash Centre, visitors enjoyed stalls and attractions including childrenís games, organised by Ash Grange Childrens Centre, 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.

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

The staff of the Parish Council ran two tombolas again this year, and the usual cake stall. The event raised just approximatley £750 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, returned again this year 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 sleigh "pulled " by, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 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 on his journey by various characters from The Lego Movie.

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;

Christmas Tree electric supply:
Ash Parish Council would also like to thank Bridges Estate Agents for providing the electricity to light the Tree Lightsd throughout the festive season.

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