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Sunday 29th June 2008
263 Photos by David Phillips & 34 Photos by Phil O'Connor Photography

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Bathed in sunshine, the Grayshott Sunday Funday got underway with an energetic performance by the Mayflower Morris dancers. The colourful carnival procession that followed and full programme of entertainment culminating with the Temperance 7 Jazz band ensured that this popular Grayshott village summer celebration remains a firm family favourite.


Mayflower Morris
26 Photos by David Phillips - 4 Photos by Phil O'Connor Photography

Once the dancing was over the growing audience moved onto Lyndon Green to enjoy the traditional maypole dancing from Grayshott Primary School followed by a spirited performance of the School Choir.


Grayshott Primary School Maypole Dancing & Choir
9 Photos by David Phillips

The carnival procession was for the second year running led by the fabulous Batala Portsmouth band from the Village Hall down through the village to St Luke's church as thousands cheered them and the following walkers on their way.


Batala Portsmouth Samba Reggae Band lead the Carnival Procession
8 Photos by Phil O'Connor Photography - 24 Photos by David Phillips

This years carnival theme was "Your favourite book" and the Little Sunflowers were the first catch of the day with their float "Commotion in the Ocean".


Grayshott Little Sunflowers Pre-School "Commotion in the Ocean"
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 5 Photos by David Phillips

PK Pre School seemed to have the largest entourage of walkers representing it seemed a whole library of favourite books


PK Pre-School
6 Photos by David Phillips

The next instalment yet to be published was 'Harry Potter and the 1st Grayshott Beavers' starring Andy Smith as Hagrid and a whole host of bespectacled Harry Potters waving their wands under the watchful eye of Sally and Claire.


Harry Potter and the 1st Grayshott Beavers
4 Photos by Phil O'Connor Photography - 5 Photos by David Phillips

Grayshott Cubs chose The Jungle Book and were led by Kate Mackie and Lyndsey 'Baloo' McIntyre


Grayshott Cubs "Jungle Book"
3 Photos by David Phillips

Peter Harrison, of Grayshott Concerts, favourite is when you 'book' your tickets for the open air Opera, Madama Butterfly, being in the grounds of Grayshott Primary School on Saturday 12th July. And if you want to go, there are even now, still a few tickets available


Grayshott Concerts "Book your tickets for Madama Butterfly"
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 2 Photos by David Phillips

Best party frocks and wings adorned the lovely Grayshott Rainbow Fairies


Grayshott Rainbow "Fairies"
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 5 Photos by David Phillips

Grayshott Brownies also chose Potter as their favourite book but not JK Rowling this time but Beatrix Potter


Grayshott Brownies "The Tales of Beatrix Potter"
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 7 Photos by David Phillips

Some Year 7's had clearly slept in, leaving just two brave girls to hold their own pyjama party


Year 7 Club Sleepover
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 1 Photo by David Phillips

Mayflower Morris refreshed from their earlier exertions brought up the rear led by villager Karen McGowan


Mayflower Morris
26 Photos by David Phillips - 4 Photos by Phil O'Connor Photography

Except for the Fire Engine that is - just the one this year.


Grayshott Fire & Rescue Service
3 Photos by David Phillips

Ben Bagguley manager of the Fox & Pelican generously sponsored Batala Portsmouth again this year and provided much needed refreshment to the Funday crowds as well as looking after the hard working team who spent their weekend preparing for the event.


Fox & Pelican
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 17 Photos by David Phillips

Thousands flock to Grayshott for the Funday to enjoy a family day out and their contributions to the yellow buckets help pay for all the entertainment


Procession Crowds
2 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 13 Photos by David Phillips

After the procession the emphasis moved to the stage on the Lyndon Green where first up was Floron and his band


Floron
9 Photos by David Phillips

Grayshott music maestro Vic Cracknell next entertained the audience on guitar and keyboards with some popular covers from his solo set.


Vic Cracknell
5 Photos by Phil O'Connor Photography - 25 Photos by David Phillips

13 year old Aimee is an emerging local talent and she was given the opportunity to impress the Grayshott Funday audience with a number of her own compositions


Aimee
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 11 Photos by David Phillips

Sound man Tim Benson of local recording 'Opus Studios' with help from Thom worked hard to ensure all the days performers could clearly hear themselves and be clearly heard.


Tim & Thom Opus Studios
3 Photos by David Phillips

The climax of the afternoons entertainment was the eight strong Temperance Seven playing their humorous jazz renditions. It has taken many years to book this world famous band for the Grayshott and it's many thanks to T7's banjo player Mike Deighan who lives in Grayshott for making it happen.


Temperance 7
48 Photos by David Phillips

Taking his opportunity, as the T7 took a break to aquaint themselves with the bar, Peter Hatch, Chairman of Party in Grayshott thanked all and sundry for making the day such a success. In particular he thanked the Parish Council for the use of the Greens the many volunteers and the professionals who had made the day run so smoothly and safely for everyone.


Thanks from Peter Hatch, Chairman of Party in Grayshott
5 Photos by David Phillips

After the thank you speech the audience re-awoke as the now even less accurately named Temperance Seven took to the stage for their final set.


Audience
6 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 36 Photos by David Phillips

The event was once again supported by a number of other local businesses. Food was provided by a Kaighin & Daughter Hog Roast (Caroline pictured below), whilst Kemal and the Kapadokya Boys fired up the BBQ and Sudha and Mani Rai and their staff from the Gurkha Durbar served up mouthwatering Nepalese cuisine. All the proceeds of the Village Bar run by licensee and pig committee member Brian Archer go towards the event. The Pimms ladies, Vivienne Thomson & Karen Flood, and numerous bar voluntary staff kept the liquid refreshments flowing and thanks to Grayshott Social Club and their suppliers Carlsberg, Hogs Back Brewery and Matthew Clark the bar was kept well stocked.


Stalls
1 Photo by Phil O'Connor Photography - 17 Photos by David Phillips

Months of planning go into each village event from the hard working PiG committee. On the weekend itself numorous tents have to be erected, the bar built, etc and the committee were this year more than ably assisted by Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Colin Thompson, and his trailer and that village stalwart Phil Bates. PiG Committee members Peter Knifton of Bryanston Electrical with his assistant Rob Dunbar wired in all the power as Baz Sharpe put his carpentry skills to the test on the Bridge too far. The community raffle was organised by Gillian Chard with help from Debbie Norman who unfortuntely missed the day as did a number of villagers celebrating Anne Myers birthday abroad. None worked harder than MC Brian Flounders and manpower manager and PiG Secretary Treasurer David Phillips who also found time to take these wonderful pictures. Thanks also to Phil O'Connor who has also provided many photos of the day.


Setting up
48 Photos by David Phillips

Grayshott Sunday Funday is organised by 'Party in Grayshott' a non-commercial, community based group that exists to promote arts & entertainment in the area and raise funds for local worthy causes. Thank you for supporting this community event by giving generously on the day. If you would like to make a further contribution please contact PiG chairman Peter Hatch tel 07855519644 email peter.hatch@grayshott.com

For more photos (38 images procession & 42 images of the music) also visit tomodo photography

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