Patchway Festival gets under way this weekend

Arena performance at Patchway Festival 2012.

The annual two-week Patchway Festival gets under way this coming weekend (Saturday 6th July), with the traditional Community Fair in Scott Park.

A parade of primary school children, community groups and performers will leave Coniston Parade at 12.30pm, walking down Coniston Road to Scott Park, where the fair will be officially opened at 1pm.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Patchway, a Good Place to Live” and local school children have worked with professional community artists led by Ruth Ramsay to make costumes that reflect different aspects of this theme.

Stage performances scheduled for Saturday’s fair include Flip the Switch and Wasting Time (both formed of Patchway Community College students), Stage Whispers, Riff Toads and Amethyst Ladies’ Barbershop Singers.

South West Winterguard Academy, ConfiDance, Danceworks and Infinity Dance Group will be showing off their talents in the arena, where there will also be demonstrations from two local rugby clubs: Aretians and St Mary’s Old Boys.

This is the festival’s 20th year and it is also 60 years since the parish of Patchway was formed. A Diamond Jubilee exhibition of maps, photographs and documents will be on display at the town council’s office throughout the festival and a Diamond Jubilee Tea Dance will be held at Patchway Sports & Social Club at 2pm on Monday 8th July.

Patchway Cricket Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary over the festival period with a number of special matches, the highlight being a 40-over game against the MCC on Sunday 14th July.

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