Bank Holidays are always busy for me and yesterday saw me at the Ashwell Show, Reed Festival and the Royston Town Cricket Tournament.
Ashwell Show is a firm favourite in many people’s Bank Holiday calendar and cars were queuing for some distance to get in. The Show hosts many businesses and charity stalls, who come back year after year. At the Show yesterday it was possible to scale a climbing wall, buy a saddle, admire the craftsmanship of a thatcher or buy a handbag. This is all in addition to the well-attended Horse Show and Dog Agility Competition. I was pleased to meet the Salvation Army with a display of the community work they do in our area; to talk to the local charity for the deaf about how their group has grown from small beginnings in Ashwell and to talk with the RNLI representative about the importance of their work, even in a land-locked County. I admired those tackling the climbing wall but decided I was not dressed for the occasion! Such is the success of the Ashwell Show that there is talk of spreading it over two days in the future. The photos show me with the RNLI representative at the Show and supporters of the Phoenix Group for Deaf Children.
The Reed Festival was on a far smaller scale but equally enjoyable. Again, the local charities had fundraising stalls, including Heathlands Animal Sanctuary and Dr Peter Gough’s Khandel Light Charity in India. The Royston Fire Station had sent a fire tender and visitors were offered a free fire safety check in their homes. This is excellent preventative work, which Royston Fire Station is pushing hard.
At 2 pm we gathered outside the impressive new extension to Reed Village Hall for the formal Opening by the Chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council, Cllr David Miller. The original Village Hall has lasted well but had no access for the disabled. The new front extension is wheelchair friendly and has been beautifully built by a local firm. The villagers thanked the Committee who had all worked so hard to bring about this wonderful new facility.
The photo shows me with Cllr Howard Marshall and Cllr David Miller after the Official Opening.
The Royston Town Cricket Tournament on the Heath was a far more relaxed affair. Eight teams had entered the Tournament which was being run for the first time. I am sure it will become a permanent fixture, as it was such an enjoyable occasion for the players and spectators alike.
Competition was fierce, but Babraham emerged triumphant from the final with Thriplow. Much of their success was due to the only female cricketer of the day, who bowled magnificently.
Royston Town Cricket Club was only set up recently by Dominic Adams and Steve Gwynne, with the express purpose of bringing Royston Cricket back to the Heath. It is a fantastic setting for the game and I felt greatly honoured that the Shield I presented was named “The Oliver Heald Trophy”.