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Jamboree sets Grayshott on Fire

This years Grayshott Village Jamboree promised to be the best yet and, in the event, didn't disappoint the thousands of villagers that came out to enjoy this annual family fun day. The main worry for the 'Party in Grayshott' organisers was the risk of rain but, as it was, the sun shone on the parade and the brief shower later on failed to dampen down the party spirits.

Before the carnival procession got underway parents were treated to traditional performances on Lyndon Green of maypole dancing and choir singing from the pupils of Grayshott Primary School.

The colourful carnival procession starting at Grayshott Village Hall was led in grand style by the BATALA Portsmouth samba reggae band and was definitely the best Grayshott has seen

Also in the Procession was the 1st Grayshott Scout Group who were celebrating a 100 years of scouting and singing around the campfire

The carnival theme of "Grayshott on Fire" was inspiration for many other floats

Fire appliances from across the ages joined the procession having been previously on display at the very successful Grayshott Fire Station Open day

After the procession people flocked to the village green to enjoy all the fun of the fair and browse the many village stalls

And onto Lyndon Green to watch the programme of entertainment whilst the children enjoyed the recently refurbished playground

and their parents enjoyed perhaps a pimms or a pint from the Jamboree bar

The Turntable Ladder Appliance parked in Headley Road towered over the whole happy scene and managed to capture some breathtaking aerial shots of the Jamboree and Grayshott including this stunning view of St. Luke's Church - More aerial photos and photos and video of the day are on the grayshott gallery.

A full afternoon and evenings musical programme got under way with Bohunt School Jazz ensemble and Samba band

Up next was the very talented Byron Johnston who fuses flamenco and world music to break the rules of acoustic guitar playing. He is currently receiving glowing reviews for his live performances including the Royal Albert Hall, Guilfest and the London Guitar Festival.

Local singer songwriter Rupert Oxlade whose influences include Paul Simon and Jack Johnson performed songs from his new album Colours.

Undercover, featuring Grayshott District Councillor Ferris Cowper on Drums, are a new five piece band and with guest singer, played songs by a number of the popular bands of the sixties and seventies

The Hanging Tree Band played a fusion of folk music with both musicians playing a wide variety of different instruments

Vic Cracknell and his band "Something 4 The Weekend" were next up playing great music from rock'n'roll and the 60's through to contemporary songs from the likes of the Scissor Sisters and Kaiser Chiefs. Recent performances have included the Beacon Hill Beer Festival and the Night Of The Museums at Haslemere Museum.

The audience were having a great time - young and old - as thankfully the rain failed to materialise

The evenings music concluded with a rousing performance from 'Beats Working'. Tim Benson of Opus Studios with help from fellow band members, Daffyd, Tom and Jay had provided the sound system for the day and were joined by Sim Cracknell on Drums

As the sun set the Jamboree crowds gradually dispersed after yet another memorable day for Grayshott

The jamboree is one of several village events organised by the Party in Grayshott Committee. PiG is a non-commercial, community based organisation that exists to promote arts & entertainment for the whole community of Grayshott Village and the immediate surrounding area. The next event will be the Pyrotechnics in Grayshott on Sunday 4th November.

PiG would like to thank everyone who helped make the day such a great success.

For further information please contact PiG Chairman Pete Hatch 07855519644