This years Ash Parish Council Village Fete was held on Saturday 15 July. The event was organised by the staff and councillors of Ash Parish Council, with help from the local Community Wardens. It was held as usual at the Ash Centre and the adjacent Recreation Ground in Ash Hill Road, Ash.
The weather could have been better with a number of small showers throughout the event, but it was quite mild.
The fete was officially opened by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Nigel Manning.
This year the Eagle Radio Love Crew broadcast live from the fete, to Surrey and North East Hampshire, on Showbiz Saturday. Eggbert the Eagle was also in attendance joining in the many different activities. Ash Parish Council would like to thank both The Dover Garage and Vale Furnishers for their kind sponsorship of Eagle Radio.
The usual open classes show with the various flower, vegetable, flower arranging, baking and craft classes, took place in the Ash Centre. With the photographic class having the most entries ever, which gave the judge a very difficult task in picking a winner.
The show class winners, together with the second and third placed entries will receive their winning certificates during the Ash in Bloom 2017 awards evening to be held in September.
This year saw the welcome return of the Ferret Racing, with various races throughout the afternoon.
The Radio Frimley Park Outside Broadcast Unit, performed a fantastic job in providing a running commentary and music throughout the afternoon, and Ash Parish Council would like to thank them accordingly.
There were many different different stalls, stands and displays representing various charities and local groups and organisations from in and around the village. These stalls included the Ash Floral Club, Ash Grange Childrens Centre, Churches Together, the RSPCA Charity Shop, the Phyllis Tuckwell Shop and the Chimney Farm International Dog Rescue to name but a few.
The Churches Together stall and the Reverend Neil Lambert were kept very busy throughout the afternoon with their Pancake making, which included Pizza pancakes which were hot and spicy.
Other attractions included a BBQ run by the Farnborough Rotary Club and of course the beer and wine tent supplied by Ash Parish Council and operated on our behalf by members of the Ash and Blackwater Valley Rotary Club with some of the beer being provided by the Hogs Back Brewery.