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Ainsdale Gala Fun Day 2016
Well what a fabulous day we had!
It was a bit cloudy in the morning, but the sun eventually came out and so did our
residents. It was a family orientated day with lots fun with old fashioned games
operated by our traders and lots of fairground rides. Terry Durrance had arranged
a full day’s entertainment with Voice Plus of Birkdale bringing their students and
staff to entertain. There was a brass band and some fabulous music from the Merchant
Taylors’ musicians and there were plenty of charity stalls from the station to the
We want to thank those members who came to help on the day, those who acted as marshals
and those who worked on the Tin Can Alley and the stall, but we have to make a special
mention of Irene & Jim Gunn and Trish & John Ashcroft who were with us almost all
day doing various jobs as and where needed.
Of course we had our raffle which was once again magnificently organised by Margaret
Woolley. The first prize was for two very good tickets for a show at the Southport
Theatre plus a pre-theatre meal.
The second prize was a meal at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Liverpool. The
draw took place at Tony Brough’s Butcher’s shop and
the total amount raised by the raffle was £1068 – which was exactly the same amount
raised last year!
We received donations from Dolce Vita & Bar Mio, The Chocolate Box and Grayson’s
Bakery for which we were most grateful and together with donations from Southport
Whippy, Warner Stroud Organs and the Fairground Rides and money raised on our own
Tin Can Alley(£276), this together with the Raffle money helped to offset our costs
and the day cost us a loss of about only £1800.
A regular feature of our events is the Vintage Bus owned by Jon Howard, but in this
case it was two! Both of the buses were offering rides through the Village but the
Open Top bus was particularly popular and in the end was the one preferred by the
public. Sue did a collection from passengers and made a total of £150 which was
donated to Derian House Children’s Hospice.
The Ainsdale Village Church raised £1850 and the various charities raised over £2000
between them. Bar Mio, Dolce Vita and several other traders said it was the best
trading day they had ever done.
We have been contacted by many people thanking us for the day; one lady said that
she had only just moved to the Village with her family and was amazed at the wonderful
community spirit and they were so glad they have chosen Ainsdale to live.