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Friday 5th March - Bring back Village Fairs!

GUEST: Angela Blackmore - organiser of this summers Summer Fair at Sondon Massey

Angela Blackmore, was born and raised in the village of Stondon Massey and when she was growing up her late father Charlie Brown helped to organise the legendary carnivals.So the job has fallen on her shoulders to set the wheels in motion.

In a recent interview with the Brentwood Gazette Angela said: “This is a romantic notion based on fond memories from some of the older villagers. Back in the 60s it was a big event that everyone got involved in. It is going to be traditional, bring back family values and it’s really all about having an enjoyable day. If everyone walks around with a smile of their faces, it will be worth all the hard work.”
After speaking with Angela today she is clearly passionate about bringing the Fair back to the village and has been beavering away making plans organising demonstrations, performances and stalls to keep everyone entertained not to mention food and a beer tent.  This year’s fete, held on land near the village pond which is known locally as Stondon Green and the two fields beyond.  Angela has already organised a fancy dress with a procession for the children; a dog show provided by Friends of Wallace Kennels, various displays from the art of fencing to the Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary, introductory sessions from Tipps Cross Croquet Club and plenty of performances from exotic belly dancing to traditional Morris Dancing. They are also planning a host of children’s entertainment and traditional games, a bouncy castle, pony rides, side shows and vintage vehicles display.  After the sun goes down there will be an evening of live music, food and drinks in the marquee from 7.30pm.  All the Funds raised during the afternoon will go to Essex Air Ambulance who might even drop in to show their support.  .  
Already PIGGOTTS of Stanford Rivers has offered a marquee for the day, Cosmic Electronics from Brentwood offered the PA system and villager James Gann has promised the straw bails.  And Thanks goes to them for their continued support.  However there is still lots more to do with a long wish list to fulfill.  Anyone who wants to sponsor, provide support, side shows/ entertainment, lend a helping hand or have a stall at the fete should email or call on 07802433282
The Fete takes place on Saturday 3rd July.
Billericay were knocked out of the Championship Manager Cup last night:-
Billericay 1-3 Sittingbourne
Other results from the 4th round of the cup:-
Croydon Athletic 2-1 Lowestoft Town
Fleet Town 0-3 Leatherhead

There was one match in the Ryman League Premier:-
Waltham Abbey 2-1 Horsham
Tomorrow's (local) Fixtures:-
Blue Square Conference
Kettering Town v Grays Athletic
Blue Square South
Bath City v Thurrock
Chelmsford City v Bishop's Stortford
Dover Athletic v Braintree Town
Ryman Premier
Aveley v Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Canvey v AFC Hornchurch
Dartford v Billericay
Ryman D1 NorthBrentwood Town v Ilford
Great Wakering Rovers v Lowestoft Town
Leyton v Cheshunt
Maldon v East Thurrock
Northwood v Harlow Town
Tilbury v Concord Rangers
VCD Athletic v Redbridge
Waltham Forest v Heybridge Swifts
Ware v Romford

Tomorrow on the Saturday Kickabout we'll be talking grass-roots football with Mike Burchett We'll also be chatting to Colin Meister about the recent success of Brentwood Netball Club. All from 2-6 tomorrow with Steve & Dan.
Proactive youngsters are calling for library opening hours to be extended, as they examine ways to improve their town.

Pupils from Dr Walker's Primary School in Fyfield surveyed more than 60 adults in Ongar High Street asking shoppers for their views on everything from the variety of shops to parking issues, public transport and litter. David Green, class teacher for Year 5 and 6 combined, said: "One of the big issues to come out was the library opening hours. It's not open at all on Sundays and closes at 1pm on Fridays." They will now write to Essex County Council to ask for an extension to the opening hours at the library. - Brentwood Gazette


THREE princesses are taking part in the BBC Three programme Undercover Princesses, in which they have become Essex girls in a quest to find love.  The series begins this Sunday, March 7. In the first episode the princesses land in the UK and meet each other; choose their undercover names and begin their lives as ordinary people, starting their allocated jobs at a cafe, hairdressers and sports shop. The bars and restaurant they visited included the Lounge in Ingatestone and Saracens Head in Chelmsford. - Weekly News


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