This year’s show on Saturday September 14th in Pinner Memorial Park was made even better thanks to blue skies throughout the day. The people of Pinner and surrounding areas turned up early and stayed late, their generous support making this a most enjoyable and successful community event.
The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Nitin Parekh, gave a welcoming speech and declared the show open before touring the colourful and varied stalls accompanied by Rotary President, Steve Morrisby. Nearly 50 participating stalls were selling crafts and artisan goods, promoting local organisations, and offering activities and games.
The food stalls were kept busy selling a range of tempting treats, while beer, coffee and ice cream were all in demand. Many visitors came prepared with picnic mats to sit and eat in the welcome shade of the trees.
Activities for youngsters included the ever-popular petting farm, face painting and the Scouts’ climbing wall along with the children’s rides, mini bumper cars, trampoline and bouncy slide.
The live entertainment had something for everyone. The crowds for the Punch & Judy shows were impressive, sitting on the grass watching the colourful puppets perform their traditional acts still appeals to all generations. Classic rock band Simply Gray have developed quite a following in the local area and had everyone tapping their feet and singing along. We welcomed back the Merrydowners Morris dancers – a traditional part of any village show – and the Glen Trew Pipers produced a rousing finish to a wonderful event.
The Show raised over £4,000 for charity from the sale of programmes, programme advertising, bar profits and donations. The money raised at this year’s Show will go to a number of local children’s charities including Orchyd, a charity which provides a short annual respite for severely disabled children and their carers, Arts for Life Project, who support disadvantaged children through art, and other Rotary supported charities.
An event of this magnitude could not take place without a lot of support from our sponsors, friends and fellow Rotarians.
Pinner Rotary would like to thank estate agents Gibbs Gillespie whose generosity in funding the entire cost of producing the programme means that every last penny raised from the sale of the programme and its advertisements will go to charity.
Thanks too to all those whose contributions made the day a success: the advertisers, the providers of prizes for the lucky draw, the stall holders and entertainers and the Mayor of Harrow for opening the show. A special thank you for the generous donation made by Brixtons, who provide the children's rides, and last, but definitely not least, thanks to Kara Lines who designed the "Whatever the Weather" theme - it worked, the day was glorious!
Also a special thanks to the members and their families of Harrow and Pinner Lions, and members of Elthorne-Hillingdon, Uxbridge and Harrow Rotary Clubs who all turned out in force to help us on the day.
Photos from Rotarians Cathy Kim, Eddie Tucker * and David Bays **, and from Peter Dale *** (My Pinner News magazine).
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