Ollerton Village celebrated St George’s Day in fine style with a colourful parade of local school children dressed in fearsome-looking dragon costumes. These were later judged and prizes given out by St George and The Mayor of Ollerton and Boughton, County Councillor Mike Pringle. Music for the parade was provided by Ollerton’s Corps of Drums.
Well done to the Reverend Philip Howson who wholeheartedly and enthusiastically stepped into the role of St George from the late, great Brian Smith.
Meanwhile, Ollerton Village Residents Association (OVRA) committee members were stationed at their stall selling an utterly scrumptious selection of homemade cakes: lemon drizzle, double chocolate, fresh cream scones, granola squares, cupcakes, chocolate flapjacks and the pièce de résistance — a deep chocolate torte topped with exotic fruit, which had been personally baked and delivered by Amadeus, the award-winning chef of the Bella Vita restaurant, Ollerton Village. It wasn’t long before the last few cakes were eagerly snapped up and a ‘sold out’ sign placed in front of the stall. It could be said it wasn’t an occasion for those watching their waistlines!
Elsewhere on the OVRA stall, trade was brisk with the sale of raffle tickets for a choice line-up of prizes provided by community-minded businesses in Ollerton Village. The event provided a golden opportunity for existing members to pay their subscriptions and quite a good number of new members were recruited too.
Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood at the time, visited the OVRA stall and studied the information literature on display relating to Ollerton Roundabout. Mark is extremely supportive of the Association’s robust campaign to upgrade the roundabout and keeps in regular contact.
Incredibly, the raffle ticket tub was full to the brim by late afternoon, so following a drum roll, St George and the Mayor of Ollerton and Boughton plucked out the winning tickets for a tempting array of prizes very generously donated by: Mark Spencer, The Hop Pole Hotel, Bella Vita Restaurant, Ollerton Watermill, Forget-Me-Notts Florist and The Aura Beauty Salon. The Association wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the above businesses and indeed its many loyal supporters for providing a wonderful selection of cakes to sell. All monies raised on the day are going towards the installation of a defibrillator in Ollerton Village. OVRA can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.