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Recreation for All

NEWS – NOVEMBER 2013

The group are actively going through the responses to questionnaires completed at  Septembers Tasburgh Fete and will report back with their findings.

Following hotly on the heels of Tasfest, RFA held its AGM.  Many of the existing community group representatives put themselves forward again. We were sad to lose Tony Lacey from the committee, but Tony will still continue to support the organising and running of Tasfest. The date has already been set for 2014, so make a note of June 21st in your diaries. There has been some discussion around the potential for RFA to move more towards a fundraising / advisory organisation, who could be approached for support for ideas from members of the community which meet our constitutional aims around improving recreational facilities within the Village.  So canvassing opinion and making decisions on how best to structure RFA going forwards will be a key agenda item for the next few committee meetings.

Image3TasFest:- This year RFA decided to raise money not only to develop our community’s recreational facilities but also to support two worthy local charities – The East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. TasFest took place on Saturday 8th June from 12 noon until 8pm, and featured six live bands performing on the Main Stage (The Frozen Raspberries, Worlds Apart, Without Motif, Rampant Horse, The Harves and Dark Star) and four bands performing on the indoor stage. The day also featured Tasburgh Sports and Social Club’s annual Beer Festival. As always, there was a host of entertainment both in the Main Arena and elsewhere, with everything from Classic Cars, Tank and Military Displays, to Martial Arts Displays. ‘Fun Force’ and Punch and Judy were also on hand to entertain the children. We were also very pleased to have a guest appearance from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Stevie Pink. A talented magician from Lowestoft, Stevie has been wowing audiences around the world with his illusions and highly crafted stage shows. Stevie posed for photographs, signed autographs, and was generally very pink!

A BIG THANK YOU to all those that attended, the traders, all the bands, our food sellers, the many sponsors and the helpers on the day. Last but not least, a big vote of thanks to the Festival organisers and all from RFA who helped. We were able to raise a fantastic £3750.

NEWS – JUNE 2013

We’re getting ready for TasFest 2013 – are you??

Go to the dedicated TasFest website www.tasfest.co.uk

NEWS – APRIL 2013

TODDLER EQUIPMENT FINALLY OPEN

Opening 1Pictured (centre): Angela Schug (Chair of RfA) Members of RfA Committee. (Right) Laura Shearing (EACH) and David Murphy (East Anglian Air Ambulance)

After months of waiting for the outcome of funding sources, Recreation for All in Tasburgh today finally officially opened its new toddler equipment.

Consisting of a tractor-cum-space ship together with swings and a see-saw the whole project completes the third phase of the fund raising groups plans which were started in 2010.

This project was funded by a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery and £5,000 from Norfolk Community Trust plus around £3,000 from RfA’s own account, which has been raised from last years successful Tasburgh Festival, the groups main source of funding.

The new play equipment, on the field at Tasburgh Village Hall, will now be the responsibility of the Parish Council who have also taken on the maintenance of the previous play equipment in the village.

Recreation for All will remain as a constituted fund raising group and are looking to the final phase of their plans by providing a zip wire. After that, the group will look at other projects in the community that fall under the “recreation” banner.

One project that remains a firm fixture for RfA is the annual Tasburgh Festival which this year has been re-named – TasFest.

It will not only raise money for the group, but will also benefit East Anglia Air Ambulance and East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH).

“We decided that it was time to change one or two things about the Festival. The first one being the name to: TasFest.” Explains organiser, Tony Lacey. “Tasburgh Community Festival is a bit of a mouthful and with today’s social media being a vital promotional tool, it was felt that changing the name to TasFest would fit in perfectly.”

“We also decided that even though our original aim of providing play equipment was almost complete, we still wanted to run the Festival as it’s become very popular in the region. So, we invited EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE and EAST ANGLIA’S CHILDREN’S HOSPICES (EACH) to join us.”

This year, funds will be donated to both groups who will also have a visible presence at the Festival.

Last year saw bumper crowds at the event, which included a bird of prey display, the Lowestoft Dog Agility Team and several live bands.

This year’s event won’t disappoint the live music fans with no less than six bands playing throughout the day – all local to East Anglia – and playing a wide range of styles, “Although” as Tony says “rock seems to be the favourite!”

It will be held on Saturday 8th June and run from 12 noon until 8pm.

The live music and entertainment have now been announced with six local bands performing on the main stage and four younger bands performing inside the village hall.

There will be a karate and kung fu demonstration in the arena, displays of tanks and army equipment courtesy of the Royal Norfolk Regiments Living History team, a display of rare and vintage classic cars, traditional punch and judy, plus all the usual side shows, rides, craft stalls, food and a beer festival.

Recreation for All Secretary, Angela Schug said “We’re very pleased to welcome both EAAA and EACH to TasFest 2013 and would encourage everyone to come and join us for a day of live music and family entertainment”