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Issue No. 111 - 6th September 2006
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[Llangrove Flower Show - Letters - Yippee! It's Christmas!]

[Broome Farm Cider Festival - Tim Ward Exhibition - Newent Onion Fayre]
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Broome Farm Cider Festival

Broome Farm at Peterstow was a hive of activity during the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September as they hosted their annual cider festival. As well as Broome Farm's own excellent ciders and perry being available, cider makers from miles around attended the event, tempting visitors with their wares. A Farmers Market was held on Sunday and live music was performed by a whole range of excellent musicians throughout the weekend.


Tom, John Liam and friends performing on Saturday evening. DSC_5565

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The Foxwhelp Morris. DSC_5575

Tim Ward Exhibition at the Heritage Centre

Local Author Tim Ward has been persuaded to display some of his huge collection of photographs and memorabilia at Ross Heritage Centre for the whole of September.

Following the enormous popularity of his latest book, Tim has put together some of his collection and it can be seen for the first time all together in public. Items to be exhibited range from the First World War through to the slum clearances of the 1930's. There are deeds and entertainment posters, photographs of the unique paddle boat 'The Wilton Castle', advertisements and postcards, bottles and transport. Something for everyone to enjoy and remember 'the good old days'.

The Heritage Centre is open daily and the exhibition will run until 30th September.


Newent Onion Fayre - This Coming Saturday

Final preparations are falling into place for this year's Newent Onion Fayre with gardeners, in particular, being urged to prove they know their onions. Trophies and a sponsorship plaque are up for grabs in the onion show section of the event, on September 9th.

The Fayre this year will be opened at 10am by Wurzel (formerly of Motorhead) -Thanks go to Jon Bishop of Foliation Ltd Newent for making the introductions. There will be an auction of Motorhead Memorabilia on the day with Wurzel getting the auction up and running.

The onion show itself, held in the Memorial Hall, is the bedrock of the Fayre. It is judged under NVS rules and produces some magnificent examples of the onion family. At least 30% of the exhibition must be onions.

Anyone wishing to enter the Onion Show, or seeking further information, should contact its chairman, Mike Davies, on 01531 822750.

The onion eating contest for Men and Women will start at 1pm and Men Beware, World Champion Onion Muncher, Brian Duffield is coming along to defend his Newent Onion Eating Title so you have some stiff competition! Entries on the day please by the main stage.

The Fayre, which has been going for eleven years, annually attracts at least 12,000 people to the town centre. Attractions this year will include a children's fancy dress competition on the theme of 'To be or not to be a Knight, Princess or Dragon' and a traders' window contest on the theme of a Medieval Village. We are look for entries this year for a new feature of the Fayre - An Onion Queen and two Attendants, so if you would like to be entered for this, please contact Jane Stevens on 01531 820679 for further details.

We also have a wedding dress exhibition from over the years in St Mary's Church, Angling workshop and model boats on Newent Lake. Over 100 stalls and fairground rides have been booked for this year's event. The George Hotel, Newent are holding a Beer Festival & live music on the day too. We have children's entertainment throughout the day at the Market Square & in Church Street and most importantly Over Farm Market are going to be situated in their usual spot under the Market House selling tonnes of Onions - normally 6 tonnes of onions are sold on the day - make sure you don't forget to purchase yours!

On the musical entertainment front, the traditional Jazz band, Electric Fred will be on the bill as well as Clive John providing a selection of country, folk and Irish covers along with his band Clearwood, T J Johnson & his bands will be bringing along some Jazz & Blues magic, great music by 2Up, and throughout the day we will see performances by Lydmet Brass Band. Also to be playing on the day at 1pm will be ETC's - Winners of the Battle of the Bands 2006. Full schedule can be seen by buying a Newent Onion Fayre programme from the Newent Tourist Information Centre & various shops in the town, or on the day of the Fayre itself.

For those dance enthusiasts, we have the Egyptian dancers - Arabesque, showing us how it's done and Folk Frenzy, an Irish dance group.

Charlotte Jones, the event's information officer, said: 'The arrangements have come together, we have some superb entertainment acts booked, the onions are coming along and we are also praying for some divine intervention on the weather front - only sun will do this year, after the floods of last year'.


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