Gala set to draw the crowds – and raise money for Oatlands centre

tis  Children at Oatlands Pre-School prepare their "pets" for the Fluffs Cuddly Toy Pet Show at Oatlands Gala.  (120531M5)
tis Children at Oatlands Pre-School prepare their "pets" for the Fluffs Cuddly Toy Pet Show at Oatlands Gala. (120531M5)

CHILDREN from Oatlands Pre-School have been pampering their cuddly toys in preparation for the Oatlands Community Gala Fun Day on Saturday.

The “Flufts” pet toy competition is just one of the many attractions planned for the Oatlands Playing Fields, off Hookstone Road, between 1 and 4.30pm.

The organisers are promising an authentic English fete atmosphere with traditional games and races, as well as stalls including home-made produce and plants.

Vic Smith-Dunn, who co-founded the gala, said: “It is a celebration of good old-fashioned family fun.

“Children can enjoy the bouncy castle, giant slide, face painting and a tour of the emergency services’ vehicles, whilst the grown-ups can watch the live entertainment in our central arena and savour delicious refeshments from our barbecue, tea and beer tents.”

The gala will be officially opened at 1.10pm by children’s favourite Peppa Pig, after which the programme of demonstrations will begin.

This year, it includes zumba, Harrogate High School musicians, Irish dancers and children from Oatlands Pre-School.

Entrants for the Flufts Toy Competition should gather in the central arena for judging at 2pm.

The raffle will be drawn at 4.10pm and activities will then conclude at 4.30pm.

During the afternoon there will be welly-wanging, hook-a-duck and obstable races.

Stalls will include a raffle, tombola, bottle and sweet tombola and more. Numerous community and charity organisations will be represented on the day and there will be plenty of refreshments and food, including a barbecue.

Entry is free and proceeds go to modernising the former Methodist church on the corner of Mount Street and Gladstone Street, which has been home to the pre-school for more than 40 years.

Fundraising has been ongoing for 18 months, since the pre-school bought the premises in early 2011.

Pre-school leader Alyson Duffy, one of the gala’s co-founders, said: “Building work is underway to improve the facilities for our pre-school children, as well as provide a community centre for all local people.

“We are hoping that as many people as possible will come along for a great afternoon out and support our fundraising efforts.”

For more information about the gala, visit www.harrogateonline.com/oatlandsgala. Donations for the community centre can be made online at www.oatlandspre-school.co.uk