So this week we are introducing the second of our three charities for 2019. We are delighted to be supporting another one of our local primary schools.
Platts Heath Primary School is a small, village school that prides itself on creating a friendly, caring ethos. All those involved with the school are encouraged to strive for high standards in everything that they do in work, behaviour, play and in appearance. s They believe that as a small school they ensure all their children are able to make progress academically, morally and socially.a small school they .
The school has let us know that they would love to use any monies raised towards an interactive whiteboard and also a “speech to print” kit that will help the children with creative writing and linguistic development.
It is great to have the PTA involved in planning the event this year, and children from the school will be taking part in some of the events during the festival. more details will follow nearer the time.
This is the first of a series of articles, providing a bit of background information about our three charities that we are delighted to be supporting in 2019.
Lenham Meadows Trust was set up as a registered charity in 2017 to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the parish of Lenham. The Trust aims to save and protect the open spaces and wildlife of Lenham for the enjoyment of both our own community and visitors to our village for years to come.
If you want to know more about the fantastic work the Trust is undertaking you can follow them on Facebook @LenhamMeadowsTrust.
The committee met for our first planning meeting in November, and the dates for next year's festival were agreed as 6th to 9th June 2019.
We will be updating you over the coming weeks with all the latest news about the festival, and with more details about the three worthy charities which we will be supporting this year. These are:
The Lenham Meadows Trust
Carers Relief Service
Platts Heath school
We'd love to hear from any local musicians or bands that could play on the family day on Saturday 8th June. Please contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
If you would like to have a stall at the Family Day, please contact Jill on 07856 204648
If you want to be part of the event in any way or become a Festival friend offering sponsorship please contact us. We’re always keen to welcome new members to our friendly committee, so if you would like to join us you can contact Tom and Janetta on 01622 859412
We’re looking forward to another fun and successful Festival and hope you will all be there to join in the excitement with us and make this a great community event.
A larger orchestra returned with three soloists and the very talented Jacob Bride to perform the ‘World Premiere of Jacob Bride's Travel Guide to the Orchestra’ taking us on a trip through different counties. We also had flag-waving favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory, together with other more unusual tunes, such as Britten's Folk Serenaden.
Children from Lenham Nursery School and Lenham Primary School produced artwork and a few pupils from Lenham Primary School performed and entertained the audience with their dancing.
We’d like to thank the following individuals and companies for which this event would not have been possible:
The proceeds of £2,800 from this event, raised by tickets sales, the bar and the raffle were given to the Lenham Family Festival committee to add to other monies rose during the festival to produce a fantastic £1,500 each to Lenham Nursery, Lenham Primary School and Prostate Cancer.
We are pleased to announce that with proceeds from all the 2018 Festival events (including the Family Fun Day and the Summer Prom Concert) we have been able to raise the fantastic sum of £4500 which means we were able to give £1500 to each of our three charities.
£1500 being presented to Lenham Nursery School
£1500 being presented to Lenham Primary School
£1500 being presented to Prostate Cancer UK
Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone for supporting the festival events
Well, it’s all over for another year. We hope you all enjoyed the 2018 Festival as much as we did.
Judging by the lovely comments we have had, lots of fun was had by those who attended the various events taking place in June. The weather was kind to us during the outdoor events and we are pleased to have achieved our aim of bringing our community together to raise money for good causes in an enjoyable way that is affordable and accessible to everyone.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the following people:
The Lenham Family Festival Committee members all agree that, other than raising money for good causes, one of the best things about the Festival is seeing the whole community come together to create something that everyone can be a part of and enjoy. From the long list of “thank yous above we think you’ll agree that this truly is a community that pulls together. Well done Lenham and we are looking forward to next year’s Festival already!
Finally, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to one of our biggest supporters over the
years. The competition to select the successor to our fantastic and long serving Town Crier took
place during the Festival as Gez is moving on to pastures new. On 13 June the Festival Committee met with Gez to make a presentation in recognition of all his hard work. We will miss you Gez and thank you so much for supporting and promoting the Festival over the years. Please stay in touch.
A presentation was made to Gez Clarke by the Lenham Festival committee, so say thank you for his support to the festival over the past few years.
On Saturday at the Lenham family festival, Gez Clarke provided his services as Town Crier to the festival for the final time with regular announcements in his usual engaging style throughout the afternoon. Saturday also marked the occasion of the town crier competition. The new town crier was chosen, and Mike was introduced to the village at the country market on Sunday.
The Lenham festival committee would like to thank Gez for his commitment, enthusiasm and support for our yearly event. It is clear that he has Lenham and it's community within his DNA. We will miss his considerable presence, and we all wish him and his family well in their new adventure together.
All entry to the festival non-ticketed venues is free of charge, but throughout the weekend all our partners and stall holders will be raising money for our selected charities . We really thank all our performers, who have generously agreed to entertain us free of charge.
We are delighted to be supporting three different charities this year;
Thank you in advance for your generous support!
Saturday 16th June 2018
The Tithe Barn, Lenham
Come and experience the unique atmosphere of a summer prom concert at the Tithe Barn in Lenham, whilst also raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, Lenham Primary school and Lenham Nursery
There will be free nibbles and a bar is available on site. Seating is not allocated
The gates open at 6.15pm with the concert beginning at 7pm
OYEZ! OYEZ! OYEZ!
Come and have a go if you think you’re loud enough!!
How would you like to be Lenham’s Town Crier? There will be a contest for this prestigious position at the Lenham Family Festival, and we are looking for candidates. The successful applicant will have to be loud, proud and as clear as his or her bell, so if you have a passion for Lenham, a few hours to spare here and there, and a fair helping of gumption to go with your voice, come and have a go!
The contest will take place at 2pm on June 9th at the Community Centre and will be judged by three independent local people. Current Lenham Town Crier Gez Clark will host and present the event as his last Town Cry before heading north after 27 years as Town Crier of Lenham. This is an open contest, and will be run with a view to appointing a Crier for a long tenure. There will be some funding made available for the tailoring of a new outfit, but the new Crier will be expected to contribute.
Interested parties should apply in writing including name, address, contact phone number and email address if available to: Town Crier Contest, c/o Philip Jarvis Estate Agents, The Square, Lenham.
For more information about the post please contact Gez Clark at email@example.com or on 07784447200.