The Hemingford Pavilion Summer Festival took place on Saturday 5th July. The weather forecast didn't look good for Saturday but the weather improved, the crowds gathered and everyone had a great family day out.
Entertainment was provided throughout the day and into the evening. The Hums Big Band from the Huntingdonshire Music School got things off to a great start. This 18 piece band played a wide range of music from swing, through Latin to Jazz suiting all tastes. Local group Panache followed and entertained the audience with great guitar and harmony work which was enjoyed by all. The fantastic Scott Brothers kept everyone entertained into the evening. Bringing some of the children up to join in with them was great and enjoyed by the family audience; some stars of the future in the making here.
No one went hungry. The Hemingfords Bowls Club provided delicious burgers and hot dogs throughout the day and our thanks go to Ken Martin for all his help in organising the BBQ and to all the bowls club members who helped out on the day. The hog roast was as popular as ever and thanks go to Clive Jones, David O'Neil, Peter Dampney and Tim Jenkin for their help . In the early evening delicious Indian food, supplied by The Sultan, was served in the Hayward Hall 'till late.
A range of festival beers were served from the Hayward Hall. The beers selected came from different parts of the UK but with the common theme of being light, refreshing summer ales. Our Thanks to Tim Chambers and his Cricket Club friends for all their help throughout the day.
The tuck shop was in the capable hands of Lia Chambers and her team who kept the younger members of our villages topped up with drinks, sweets and chocolate. Well done Lia and your friends.
The inflatables proved to be a great success as always; an assault course, bouncy castle, a soft play area for younger children and a golf chipping game kept the children entertained throughout the day. Our thanks to Julie, Margaret and John for supervision and thanks also to Margaret Gledhill for selling the entry wrist bands.
We were pleased to support Help for Heroes who set up their stalls in the Hayward Hall. We are always pleased to welcome Ruth Moore and her friends who do so much to support this worthy cause.
Teas and Cakes were available in the Hayward Hall supplied by the Hemingford Ladies Choir. Plenty of delicious home made cakes which proved to be a great success. Our thanks to the choir ladies for taking time out to help make the festival such a success.
As it was Wimbledon Ladies final day it was appropriate that the Tennis Club used their speed gun in a competition to find the person with the fastest serve. A very competitive event finally won be Martin Pickering from Swavesey with a serve of 92mph. Thanks to Chris Young for organising this activity.
Children's films were shown throughout the day in the Chris Page Room. Parents and children had the choice of bean bags or chairs to make themselves comfortable and the air conditioning helped make this a chill out room for young and old.
With so much sport being televised on the day the Pavilion Bar was the place to watch the Ladies Tennis final, Formula 1 qualifying and the World Cup Quarter Finals so no one would miss out on these sporting events. Our thanks to the bar staff for looking after our customers so well.
We are grateful to Chris Young, Bradley Young, Tim Jenkin, Terry Edwards, Derek Clifton, Mike Gledhill, Graham Holmes, Roger Mawditt, and Peter Dampney for all their help in setting up the site and ensuring that it was left clear and safe to use by our cricketers and footballers after the event.