WOW, WOW, WOW….
What a fabulous day we had at our WCA Summer Fair on Saturday 24th July. The weather was so kind to us with a beautiful day after threats of thunder storms on earlier forecasts. The sports field looked amazing with over 60 stalls encircling the display arena with a mouth-watering array of local foods and drinks on display, alongside handmade crafts and gifts. We also attracted an amazing crowd and our sincere thanks goes to Roger Holehouse who ended up opening a second car parking field for us to take in additional cars!
This event was the first WCA has been able to host since our virtual village choir for VE Day last year so it was fitting that we celebrated the beginning of the end of lockdown restrictions by playing the video footage of this one last time. Then, local Band 2Down kicked off proceedings in earnest with a set for everyone, spanning the sixties to the naughties and ending with the crowd joining in with Sweet Caroline – it really did feel like good times had never felt so good……
The family fun dog show organised by Dominique and overseen as always by Pam was probably the hardest she has ever had to judge, but after a long deliberation and lots of encouragement from the crowd the final winners were Evie – Best female, Reuben – Best male and Sonny Most like his owner. Sarah Carlin followed next with an absolutely spine tingling set of well-known show songs and beautiful operatic arias. In contrast, OMAC martial arts put on a really forceful display of Taekwondo – staring with their little dragons and ending with their seniors, all under the watchful eye of Master Juliet Williams. Studio 3 had classes and age ranges from 4 onwards showcasing their street and pop dancing and getting the crowd to join in at the end of their 20 minute spot, followed by students from Southwell’s Stage Coach Performing Arts School with songs from the shows.
The live performances were concluded by 10 members of our very own Just Sing Community Choir, after their fantastic set they led the crowd with one last rendition of We’ll Meet Again. All the performers had only recently been allowed to meet up and practice again following restrictions and many with reduced numbers due to restrictions. So to put on such a great show, in such a small number of weeks was absolutely amazing – thank you all. The event concluded with our Grand Prize Draw with over 30 prizes kindly donated by Monarch Furniture, Timmermans, Stagecoach, Horspool, Lowdham Joinery, Designer Travel, Complexions, Deep Clean Nottingham, Bridge and Bay Leaf, Glee Comedy Club, The Old Barn, NCT, Nags Head, Spring Lane Farm Shop, Old Green Dragon, Pudding Pantry, Bumbles, Gonalston Farm Shop, Arbonne, Little Wickets and our very generous stall holders, was drawn live in front of the crowd.
Thank you to all our sponsors – Holden Copley for the bar, Chambers Butchers for the BBQ, Bodkin Plumbing and Heating for the Prize Draw and Oak Tree Veterinary Surgery for the family dog show. Thank you to the organising committee who put the huge event together not once, but twice, after we had to move the date by a week and to our amazing team of over 30 volunteers who worked tirelessly on the day helping to set up, run the event and clear up afterwards – you were awesome. Finally, the biggest thank you goes to you – the public who turned out in your hundreds to support and enjoy this event. You made it such a special day. We are already looking forward to next year being even bigger.
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