Crowds flock to Ellington Park for May Fayre
KCV's Silver Spring a focal point of the event
GREY skies and rain failed to deter thousands of Thanet’s residents from turning out to the Ellington Park May Fayre last Sunday.
The popular event organised by the Friends of Ellington Park – celebrating its tenth year – featured more stalls, attractions and entertainment than ever before.
One such crowd-puller was our very own “Silver Spring” marquee - which, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, housed everything from chair exercises and line-dancing, to laughter yoga and an arts and crafts area. Meanwhile, staff and volunteers were on hand to share information on support available for Thanet’s older residents, via the Thanet Community Support Partnership (TCSP) project.
Chair exercises were just one of the activities in KCV's Silver Spring marquee (credit: KCV)
TCSP project coordinator Chris Scutt said:
“We are really delighted to have played a part in such a wonderful, treasured community event.
“Kent Coast Volunteering were present to help connect people with the wealth of social and leisure activities on offer in Thanet, especially ones suitable for older and isolated people in our communities.
“Thanks to the May Fayre and the Friends of the Park, we were also able to showcase a few of the many exciting volunteering opportunities available within the Thanet community - so it was a very successful day for us all round.”
If you think you or someone you know could do with some extra support, or you would like to lend a helping hand within the Thanet community, do give us a call on 01843 609337 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative: Patricia showcases a beautiful stained-glass design that she had just made (credit: KCV)
Friends of Ellington Park chairperson Beverley Perkins said:
“We were only too happy to have Kent Coast Volunteering at the May Fayre this year. Their marquee and the activities they had going on in there were certainly impressive and made for a great addition to the event.”Volunteers from KCV's Community Transport scheme helped convey several individuals, who would not otherwise have been able to make it under their own steam to the event.
With over 90 stalls, a funfair, live music throughout the afternoon, and the Ellington Park Bookshop having sold nearly 700 books on the day, there was something for everyone.
For the four-legged event-goers, the Fun Dog Show run by Angels 4 Dogs Rescue was bigger and better than ever, with new categories including “Miss and Mr Ellington Park”. And for fans of four-wheeled vehicles, ROMMCC (the oldest old motor car club in Thanet) made their Ellington Park debut with a stunning array of classic cars on show.
Beverley stressed the importance of volunteering in making an event like the May Fayre happen:
“Thank you to all the marvellous volunteers, without whom the event would never have taken place.
"Thank you also to the people of Ramsgate and beyond who always turn up and support our events whatever the weather.”
Published: 23rd May, 2019