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The circus comes to Brookmans Park

Details from the Village Day programme

The programme for Brookmans Park Village Day 2001 has been published and delivered door-to-door and it promises an afternoon of fun-packed entertainment for the whole family on Saturday June 16.

This year’s theme is the circus and as well as all the usual attractions there will be a Big Top arena, an appearance from Rhubarb the Clown and the chance for youngsters to learn some circus skills.

Organisers are aiming to top last year’s record-breaking event, which was voted one of the best Village Days ever both in terms of attendance and funds raised by Brookmans Park primary school’s PTA.

There will be the usual stalls, a trampoline display, drama from Top Hat and the school drama club and the chance to try line dancing with local dancing group Stampede.

Plenty of Food and Drink

Refreshments will be served from lunchtime on with international cuisine to suit all tastes with Thai, India, Chinese and a barbecue and baked potatoe stall for those who fancy something less spicy. There will be a beer tent featuring real ale and ice cream and soft drinks for the children.

Circus Workshops

Throughout the afternoon there will be circus workshops for children to learn how to juggle, spin plates and walk on stilts. These 45-minute sessions will be organised by circus skills experts Splats, who recently appeared on Children’s BBC. The cost is 3 per child and parents are urged to bring their children early to avoid disappointment because places are limited.

Clowning Around

Rhubarb the Clown has performed in front of thousands over the past 20 years and takes centre stage in the arena at 1.30pm with his show. He revives a dying tradition with mime and magic, juggling with fire and mastering taller and taller unicycles. Combining feats of skills with everyday ineptitude, he draws the audience in, appealing to both young and old alike.

Bouncing About

Established more than 15 years ago, Zenith Trampolining Club will be in the Big Top Arena at 3pm to demonstrate their skills. Based at the Furzefield Centre, the club meets on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with all ages and abilities catered for. For further details contact Carl Hall on 01442-264510.

Other Attractions

Throughout the afternoon there will be disco dancing, gladiator jousts, mini-dipper rides, bouncy castles and an inflatable fun run, golf and the usual stalls.

Heads final Village Day

This year will be the last Village Day that Peter Evans will attend as headmaster. He is retiring later in the year after 18 years at the helm.

“It’s been good to see not just people from the school, but everyone from the village come to Village Day over the years. It’s a local event for the community, not just a school function,” he said.

Peter says this won’t be his last village day but in future he will come back as a visitor.

Programme of Events

09:30 - Pet show at school
12:30 - Fancy dress contenders assemble at Church for parade
12:45 - Parade to village school
13:00 - Gates open with official opening of Village Day in the Big Top Arena. Cheerleaders entertain and there will be the judging and presenting of the Fancy Dress prizes.
13:30 - Rhubarb the Clown
14:30 - Top Hat Drama Group
15:00 - Zenith Trampoline Club display
15:30 - Brookmans Park School Drama Club
16:00 - Stampede - come and line dance with the experts
16:30 - Brownie Races
17:00 - Finale - cheerleaders bring the day to a close
Throughout the day - over eight’s talent spot.

June 5, 2001

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