Festival plans after village has fun day

Butterfly Girl: Jessica Webster, three, of Winster, has her face painted at the Rowsley Fun Day.

Butterfly Girl: Jessica Webster, three, of Winster, has her face painted at the Rowsley Fun Day.

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Villagers hosted a packed programme of family fun on Saturday – which could mark the return of an annual festival.

Rowsley’s first Fun Day took place at the Village Hall and on the Primary School grounds to promote local businesses and raise funds for the village pre-school.

Music Makers: Paper Kite, aka Nikki Ryde and Charles Finney, entertain the crowds at the Rowsley Fun Day.

Music Makers: Paper Kite, aka Nikki Ryde and Charles Finney, entertain the crowds at the Rowsley Fun Day.

The day included stalls and activities such as arts and crafts, exhibitions, a bouncy castle, birds of prey display, apple bobbing, face painting and basket decorating.

Live music also took place from local band Paper Kite and Shalimar Indian restaurant were on hand to give out food samples.

Luli Haylock, manager of Rowsley pre school who helped organise the fun day, said she hoped it would become an annual event.

She added: “It was a really good day and feedback I’ve had so far has been brilliant.

Picture This: Phoebe Denison, nine, of Wensley has fun painting a picture of an elephant at the Rowsley Fun Day.

Picture This: Phoebe Denison, nine, of Wensley has fun painting a picture of an elephant at the Rowsley Fun Day.

“We don’t have a Rowsley festival any more and I’m trying to get that back up and running again.

“This was a taster to see what the general feeling is and if people are up for the festival coming back and everyone seamed really happy and had a great day.”

The event raised £310 with more money still to be counted.

It will be put towards providing resources for the pre-school, which takes place at the village hall.

The day was also a chance to promote local businesses with many getting involved in the event and donating raffle prizes – which will be used for a fundraising raffle at Christmas.

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