Great Coates Village Council would like to express their thanks to local residents for the excellent turn out at the Civic day organised by the council to bring the community together and emphasise the different facilities, aspects, and activities available at the village hall to all residents.
The Lord Mayor, Hazel Chase, honoured the event with her presence and from the moment she was ” piped in ” by our Scottish Piper Martin, she enjoyed herself to the extent that she stayed for the entire event. A full programme of events were held seamlessly in the arena area outside, starting with the Air Cadets band who performed two separate sets plus an additional session accompanied by Martin playing a very atmospheric tune on the bagpipes. The dog show then followed excellently organised by resident Daphne Dunks
along with the chief judge and the winners were delighted to receive the their prizes kindly donated by Councillor Jim Masterton. and their winners rosettes donated by the village council.
An extremely colourful dancing display by the Bollywood dancers was well received, followed by Jade and her energetic and enthusiastic dancers who involved members of the public audience in their performance.
Meanwhile inside the village hall Councillor Mike Stewart, aided by his wife Dawn, and Audrey Portas provided an excellent display of village memorabilia and historic documents arousing great interest from local residents while Councillor and magazine editor Karl Green manned the village council table providing current and back copies of the magazine, whilst offering the opportunity to view an interactive prototype of the brand new Great Coates Village Council website, due to be launched in the next few weeks.
The craft element was provided by regular village hall patrons, the Stitchers group, who are the flower display ladies, while some excellent examples of card making were displayed and explained by Pat Dales. Saint Nicolas Church, and the Great Coates W.I. provided displays emphasising their roles in the village.
Royal Anglian and Lincolnshire Regiment Association added to the lively atmosphere on the day with their presence being heard around the hall from their presence in the marquee outside and children young and old showed great interest with the presence of the local Fire Brigade and the opportunity to visit their accompanying fire tender.
Thanks must go to Ann and Julie, along with Debbie and Jo who kept everybody supplied in the refreshment area and Pat Dales, whose excellent fruit baskets raised the magnificent sum of £100 for St Andrews hospice through the traditional namecard. Further fun and games was provided by Laura the face painter and her husband the balloon sculpture, along Bill Childs and his golf game.
Additional thanks are reserved for Great Coates Village Council Chair Councillor Shiny Thomas for her hospitality role on the day, along with Councillors Graeme Mumby, Jim Masterton, Ray Lawrance, Lisa Cutting and local resident Danny Prest for there sterling work in setting up the hall and arena during the preceding twenty four hours.
It was great to hear all the positive comments from local residents remarking how the current Village Council is committing itself to bringing the community together with one one lady very kindly remarking
“ IN ALL THE YEARS I HAVE LIVED IN THE VILLAGE THAT IS THE BEST EVENT I HAVE EVER BEEN TOO “