29 August 2017

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Families Day 2017 was a big and busy success and the Community Support Team would like to thank everyone who helped and everyone who came for making it a great day. Special thanks to our Funders the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Annington Trust!!

The event kicked off at 1300 and families were greeted outside the gym by a Vintage Fire Engine and Green Goddess brought along by Steve Squire and volunteers of the Cornwall Emergency Services Museum, plus the Jet Provost brought along by Ian Watkins and volunteers with our kind neighbours the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Museum. Visitors were also greeted by the delicious smell of bacon butties and burgers being cooked up throughout the afternoon by the ISS team. The weather was as wet as could be so the fire engines were definitely just for show but hardy children and adults made it outdoors to have fun hosing down barrels and to ride in the Jet.

The gym foyer was decked out with flags, balloons and lively stalls with SSAFA providing scrumptious cakes, Newquay Children’s Centre providing fun and face painting for toddlers, Blue Reef Aquarium, Flt Lt Owen Crossby representing RAF 100 and Chippy Wood with his WWI history stall. The hall was filled with bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses and a sumo wrestling arena. DJ Mark Williams provided the sounds and the hall was full of bouncers and wrestlers all afternoon. 505 Squadron’s Cpl Stephen Williams had brought along BATAK!, which was very popular with adults keen to have a work out and simultaneously test their reflexes. Many tried but none could beat Sqn Ldr Mark Colebourn’s top score.

By 1330 visitors were streaming in and Tarquin the Children’s Entertainer did his first show which had the children entranced. As well as being a very funny entertainer Tarquin is a master balloon twister so after his first show he made balloon flowers, dogs and planes which he handed out until his second show later in the afternoon.

At 1400 there was a dipping pool experience laid on by Blue Reef Aquarium followed by the arrival of World Champion Track cyclist and Olympic Silver Medallist Wendy Houvenaghel who came to sign photos and talk about her experiences. Having a three times (!!) World Champion at Families day was special enough but Wendy, who brought her bike and medals with her, has a special connection to St Mawgan where she used to work in the Medical Centre.

The Community Support Team aimed to attract 200 to the 2017 Families Day and we certainly think we achieved that number but it was made possible by people generously giving their time. Thanks go to the RMP volunteers who helped with the set-up, the Supply Team, the PTI team, DSTO, MT, Cara Biggs who worked on the publicity, RAFP for advice and signage, the SHEA team, Cpl Tim Laurence who dragged himself from his sick bed to take excellent photos, 505 Sqn, SSAFA volunteers (Andrea & Anna Lane, Sue Burnell and padre Andrew Turner), Newquay Children’s Centre, Blue Reef Aquarium, DJ Mark and all those who had stalls.

Thanks Everyone!

Jo, Simon and Winnie of the Community Support Team.

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Museum is open –

To view full gallery of event please follow link

Edited by Cara Biggs

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