North Waltham hold Oyster Festival (2)
25 Apr 2009
The Hampshire Caledonian Pipe Band
The Hampshire Caledonian Pipe Band
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GY with Jane Ayre (Assistant Secretary, Basingstoke SSAFA)
GY with Jane Ayre (Assistant Secretary, Basingstoke SSAFA)
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Taken from the Passionate about Fish website.


Our annual Oyster Festival is held at the award winning pub, The Fox, North Waltham. This event involves the whole village. The church, schools, local charities and businesses set up stalls and raise money for their individual charities or promote their business. We have everything from Mini Massages to jewellery, award winning plants to wine stalls. There will be a huge range of food - the local school fundraisers run a barbeque, we'll have a beer tent with 10 real ales, afternoon teas, sweet stalls for the kids, cake stalls, fresh produce and of course oysters and seafood as well as Guinness and champagne! There will be 2 pipe bands, who march through the village from the church to announce the start of the festival (this is really emotive - everyone gets Goosebumps, hearing the distant pipes getting closer and closer!), Morris and Clog dancers, Medieval re-enactment, oyster shucking and fish preparation demonstrations and lots to do for the kids!

Our previous oyster festivals have been hugely successful, with over 2,000 people attending from all around the south of England! We have raised thousands of pounds for the church roof and the local school's computer fund in 2006/7, and this year our central charity is St Michaels Church 'loo fund'. There is no entrance, or parking fee - the event is free to attend. There is ample parking and the traffic is very well organised by the local police.

http://www.passionateaboutfish.co.uk/events.htm
 
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