Newport & Carisbrooke Parish Council’s Summer Fair
In Association with Newport Carnival Committee
The Summer Fair was held on Sunday 12th July to celebrate the transfer of Victoria Recreation Ground and Pavilion from the IW Council to Newport & Carisbrooke Parish Council. The facility has been secured as a community facility for the next 99 years.
Despite the miserable weather a variety of entertainment took place including egg and spoon races and a small carnival parade. The Tea N Biscuit boys stoically kept spirits high out on the Recreation Ground, while inside the Pavilion Huxley performed a mesmerising magic show. Barry Price kindly displayed a huge selection of historic pictures as well as bringing along some vintage vehicles.
On the field Newport Scouts held a demonstration of some of their activities and Newport Carnival Committee offered a tombola and raffle as well as other games.
The highlight of the event was the cutting of the ribbon by Neil Shutler a life member of the cricket club.
The Chairman of Newport & Carisbrooke PC, Cllr Julie Jones-Evans said ‘It was a great way to begin our relationship with the NVSSC, Newport Cricket Club and the wider community, including the scouts. This whole facility is entering a new phase and has great potential for a sporting and community hub. We should be proud of securing the Recreation Ground for the next 99 years. It was a great honour to have my grandfather Neil Shutler of Newport Cricket Club who has been using the Rec for 92 years to cut the ribbon and mark the occasion.’
It is hoped this will become an annual event and will be an excellent opportunity for Newport community organisations to come together.