Middle Rasen Gala 2018
Arrangements for this year's Gala were going to plan until we were informed of the Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Like all other groups in the village, we were concerned about how it would impact on our event. Our concerns were allayed when we were assured by LCC that there would be access to Wilkinson Drive on Gala Day. Further reports from the Chair of the village hall committee updated us with progress from the weekly meetings held with the contractors. The day before the gala promises were made to remove some steel plates from the entrance to the field, fill the mudded area in with pebbles/stones and fence off the trench. None of this work was undertaken and when we attempted to drive to the hall on Friday evening, to our horror, we discovered that the road from the Market Rasen end was completely closed off, when we approached from Manor Drive there appeared to be more blocks and cones than ever and it did look as though there was no way through to Wilkinson Drive. This confusion clearly impacted on the footfall, which was less than previous years.
Despite the upheaval people did come along and support the Gala, there wasn't a crumb left on the cake stall, the refreshments and BBQ were well attended. The games were popular particularly the new ones, the Shuffleboard, Spin the Wheel and the Coconut Shy. All these games can be used by the local community, note BYOC (buy your own coconuts). The children enjoyed the bouncy castle, the slide and the Freebound Course. Amazingly the children did well in their races considering the lanes were marked out like dogs hind legs! Proud dog owners put their pooches through their paces in the agility course and Fun Dog Show. Lincoln Ukulele Club were so jolly with their lively music and singing. Brian Hellyer was very entertaining with his amazing magic tricks, the children were spellbound during the magic show – shame he couldn't magic the road works away.
A big thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work, thanks to retailers for supporting us either with raffle prizes or coming to the Gala. Thank you to Middle Rasen Community Fund, Middle Rasen Parish Council, Tesco Cash for Bags and the Co-op for their support.
Dates of the Volunteers Party and the Gala 2019 to be announced.
Please go to our website for details of the winning raffle tickets. Gala Web Site
Middle Rasen Charity Gala Committee
The Gala supports a variety of charitable activities ............
"A Taste Of Lincolnshire" April's Gala Dinner
Another enjoyable and excellent evening at the Middle Rasen Charity “A Taste of Lincolnshire” dinner, embracing everything Lincolnshire from the flowers, quiz, food and entertainment. It was a fun evening bringing the community together, whilst raising funds for the two chosen Lincolnshire charities, which this year are Action for Children and the Health Tree Foundation.
The committee were pleased to welcome a representative from ‘Action for Children', who gave a brief insight into the aims and actions of the Charity. Thanks must go to the organisers and everybody who came and supported the successful evening.
The Gala committee looks forward to your continued support on Saturday 22nd September when the 7th annual Gala (more fun for all the family, dogs included!) will be held at the Village Hall, so please make a note on your calendars when it is hoped to raise more funds for the two chosen charities.
Middle Rasen Charity Gala Committee
WHEN MIDDLE RASEN CHARITY GALA CALLED FOR VOTES
In 2017 Middle Rasen Charity Gala was bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £ 4,000, up to £ 2,000 and £ 1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Each year three groups in every Tesco region will be shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp .
Voting was open in Tesco store throughout March and April. Customers cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Tesco's Bags of Help project has already delivered over £ 40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco's regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: "There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see these come to iife in hundreds of communities." Groundwork's National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: "We've been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. We're looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life,"
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online
Resources bought through funding from Tesco Bags of Help will be available for use by all the groups in the village.