Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Shiplake gets together for village picnic

HUNDREDS of people attended a community party and picnic in Shiplake

HUNDREDS of people attended a community party and picnic in Shiplake.

The event was held for the second year running on the playing fields at the Memorial Hall.

It featured face painting, a barbecue, a fun run and Melanie?s Street Dancers.

There was musical entertainment from folk group Rywolf, the Shiplake Community Choir and Shiplake College pupils Quin Wagner-Piggott and Marcus Bageshawe.

A tug-of-war contest included a match between rival village pubs the Plowden Arms and the Baskerville, with the latter claiming victory.

The event was opened by master of ceremonies Mark Manson who told the crowd: ?They did have a J Corbyn to do this gig but he?s otherwise engaged!?

Co-organiser Helen Robinson said about 400 people attended and enjoyed themselves.

?There was just a lovely atmosphere and it was so laid back,? she said. ?We were very pleased and so relieved that the weather was fine. When we had the Shiplake village plan drawn up one of the things people said they wanted was more community activities and a village party so we picked it up and ran with it.

?I would very much hope there will be another one.?

She said she was particularly grateful to Shiplake College for the loan of a stage and equipment as well help from pupils to set up the event and clear away afterwards.

Click here to see more photographs of the event.

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