Ravenswood Fair is Royal success!

16 July 2015

Ravenswood enjoyed an afternoon fit for a King or Queen as Norwood celebrated its 200th anniversary of Royal Patronage at its summer fair on Sunday.

Norwood Ravenswood in Crowthorne provides accommodation for 126 adults with learning disabilities within small residential care homes, as well as sport, leisure and learning opportunities for residents and non-residents alike.

Decorations of red, white and blue and performances from The Big River Band brightened up a drizzly day, with residents Michael Banbury joining the show on drums and Howard Webber later singing on stage.

Around 300 people attended the fair, raising £3000, with the Village Green packed full for much of the afternoon.

Guests enjoyed various culinary delights from the Café’s own BBQ and Pasta to homemade cakes and soft drinks available from two Ravenswood homes competing for business!

A packed afternoon of entertainment included games, from basketball, hoopla and penalty shoot to Play Your Cards Right and lucky dip, as well as the sports team demonstration of the new disability bikes that had recently been acquired through the Sport for England fund.

Other stalls included the Children’s Tombola, Hook a duck, Tombola, Jewellery and Glass arts, and the home-made jams and marmalades.

Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr said: "Ravenswood staff, volunteers and residents worked tirelessly to make the fair the huge success it was. We are hugely grateful to them and also to all those supporters who donated food and raffle prizes. Despite the weather the Village Green was busy all afternoon and everyone had a fantastic time enjoying the food, stalls and entertainment. It was another of the great celebrations we are having throughout services in Norwood Ravenswood this year to mark the charity’s 200th anniversary of Royal Patronage."