The annual Christmas Fantasia organised by Ash Parish Council took place on the 1st of December and drew quite a crowd. Estate Agents Mackenzie Smith donated a pair of prizes for the popular Tombola, just one of the many stalls and activities available.

The Fair was held at the Ash Centre and was well attended with an unprecedented demand for stalls, making this a very busy fair indeed. Choirs from Briar School of Dance and Ash Grange Primary School sung festive songs to liven up the afternoon.

Photograph by Neil Bidwell (c)

As the sun set attention turned to the Ash Wharf Area where chairman of Ash Parish Council, Cllr Nigel Manning, led some carol singing around the Christmas Tree. Then choirs from St Marys and St Peters churches’ continued the musical entertainment, accompanied by the Ash Vale Ensemble led by Len Scott.

At 5pm The Christmas Tree lights were turned on by Father Christmas and his helper, after which visitors turned back to the ash Centre for mulled wine and mince pies. The event raised a record total of £976.60 which will be distributed to charities local to Ash Parish.

The Christmas Fantasia is a fantastic example of how Christmas helps bring communities closer together and this year has been an unrivalled success.