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Friday, 13 July 2018
Written by Nicola Reid

Bookham flies to another great Village Day

Bookham flies to another great Village Day


Bookham Village Day was a huge success on Saturday 16 June, when children in the parade and stallholders came up with some amazing outfits interpreting this year's theme Bookham Takes Flight.

All kinds of insects, birds and lots of bees made their way down the High Street, and the opportunities offered by anything that flies was also taken up with aircraft. Dawnay School took first prize in the schools group with their plane with folding wings, accompanied by children as pilots and crew, hostesses and ground staff. Polesden Lacey Infant School were runners-up dressed as butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds.

Among the pre-school groups Smarty Pants Pre-School were the winners, Rainbow Playgroup runners-up. A St Lawrence School pupil made an eye-catching outsize bumble bee in the parade. The excellent costumes made judging a very hard task.

The colourful parade led by Jason Wright's vintage Austin 7 with Brian White's Jazz Band behind made its way to the Old Barn Hall field in Church Road. The Steelonium Steel Band also provided music all the way.

On the field judging was also difficult with so many attractively decorated stalls. Bookham WIs swept the board with Great Bookham Belles aviation stall and Bookham Bees' bees, flowers  and hive stall chosen joint winners for best dressed stalls. And in the busy main hall Bookham Butterflies WI took first prize for their refreshment area beautifully decorated with butterflies, insects and flowers, and tables were also decorated. Their big band of volunteers provided a non-stop refreshment service including many mouth-watering cakes. Runners-up were Bookham Camera Club with a wonderful display of wildlife photos.

Following prize presentations and displays by some of the schools in the main arena, where events were kept swinging along by MC David Evans in his trademark Union Jack jacket,  Henfold Birds of Prey supported by Elio's barbers and Di Carlo's hair salon, treated the crowds to two thrilling displays. They included a hawk and a falcon, the windy afternoon and  overflying crows causing a few interruptions but made for more excitement. Other birds including tawny, barn and wood owls were also on show in the static display. 

Refreshments, including burgers and hot dogs and lunches and teas in the hall, did a roaring trade, as did the open-air bar where a selection of local real ales were served. The many attractions on the field included a climbing wall, provided by Churches Together of Bookham, which attracted lots of youngsters.

Action Theatre also performed, and the wide range of music included singer Natalie Goodacre and her trio, Band from the Pub and Brian  White's Magna Jazz Band. Steel band groups played in the Calypso Corner and the entrance to the field.

The Vineries Garden Centre were the main sponsors of the day, which raises funds for Bookham Community Association to keep the Old Barn Hall running and produce the quarterly Bookham Bulletins.

BCA chairman Keith Slark said: "This was another great day for Bookham, bringing together so many people from the village. Everyone had a great time. We have to thank the many local organisations, businesses and individuals for supporting us and making the event such a success."

A week of events followed Village Day. Bookham Open Gardens on Sunday was as always hugely popular selling a record 933 tickets, and on Monday bridge players enjoyed a delicious lunch organised by Bookham Afternoon Bridge Club followed by an afternoon playing duplicate bridge. In the evening  Mole Valley Silver Band performed their summer concert. Tuesday was quiz night when 18 affiliated groups had fun trying to answer questions set by last year's winners Bookham Tennis Club. Bookham U3A team came first. The week's events ended with a family barn dance which was hugely enjoyed. All events were held at the Old Barn Hall.

Go to bookhamcommunityassociation.org for more information.


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