Christmas Fantasia 2016 took place on Saturday 26th November, at the Ash Centre and on Ash Wharf.
The event was once again supported
by many local businesses and organisations.
Inside the Ash Centre, visitors enjoyed stalls,
attractions, 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.
Ash Parish Council ran two tombolas and a name the Teddy Bear competition. Parish Councillors again ran the usual cake stall. The
event raised approximatley £ which will be donated to local charities. Ash Parish Council
would like to give a huge big thank you to the following, local
businesses and organisations who kindly donated the various prizes for the tombola; Citizens Advice Service, Happy Garden Takeaway, Indian Hut, K & S Hair Studio, Lloyds Pharmacy, Magic Signs, Mitchell and Partners, Nails Beauty, One Stop Stores, Phyllis Tuckwell Charity Shop, The RSPCA Charity Shop, Spice of India, Surrey Hearing Services, Fish for Tackle, Tescos Express, Tom Collins, The Forge Works, The Lio Brewery, Vale Furnishers, Rivendell Veterinerary Practice, and the Christmas Bakery.
As daylight faded, a large crowd gathered on Ash
Wharf, where Councillor Nigel Manning, accompanied by the Ash Vale
Ensemble led the
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 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 "Alice in Wonderland" film.
After the light switching on ceremony every one
was invited to return to the the Ash Centre for mince pies, kindly supplied by the Co-op Food in Wharf Road. The Mothers Union of St. Peter's church provided
tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the afternoon.
We would also like to thank The Dover Garage for their sponsorship of the Christmas Tree Lights.
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 everyone who contributed;
Christmas Tree electric supply:
Ash Parish Council would also especially like to thank Bridges Estate Agents
for providing the electricity to light the Tree Lights throughout the festive season.
All pictures copyright G.Bidwell except those
marked * copyright N.Bidwell