Denton Community Challenge
Saturday 6th June 2015
Thankfully this year the weather was kind to both organisers and participants so despite a stiff breeze everyone enjoyed a cloudless sky which enabled hundreds of local people to get thoroughly stuck into all the activities. The theme this year was ‘Howzat?’ to reflect the forthcoming Ashes cricket series. This year nearly sixty local sports and social groups were represented and many ran ‘sporting challenges’ around the arena, all of which could be enjoyed for a nominal charge. On completion of the challenges the younger participants claimed their ‘Howzat?’ rosette before enjoying a free burger from the Denton Scouts BBQ. Certificates were also issued courtesy of Gina Rogers from Active Sussex, who once again supported everyone’s effort this year.
It was a genuine pleasure to welcome Jim Parks, legendary Sussex and England cricketer from the 60’s and 70’s, together with Norman Baker, the recently retired MP for the Lewes constituency, who worked so hard for nearly twenty years representing local communities. Our two VIP guests, together with Steve Saunders, Newhaven’s Mayor and his wife, helped with many of the afternoon’s attractions and seemed to enjoy their day as much as anyone! Activities then got underway in the arena, with displays from Scriven’s Martial Arts and Seaford Dog Agility Club; dancing displays from Norcross Dance Centre, and Up the Tempo Dance School! There was also a drill display from 1218Squadron Air Cadets, Alex Mums’ Fitness, and Extend Exercise, then the CrossFit Corinthian Family Relay, and the ever-popular Tug-of-War competition with many entrants including male, female and children’s’ teams.
Mums Fitness and CrossFit Training won their respective events. Side shows and games were provided by Newhaven Cricket Club, Newhaven Tennis and Bowls Clubs, South Heighton Bonfire Society, Lewes Swimming Club, and others who used the day to raise much needed funds and promote membership. Fete stalls and attractions were provided by other local groups and charities including JDMF, HCPT, Hayden’s Wish, MNDA, Remember Spencer, EasyDine Catering, The Kitchen Garden Company, Seahaven Bird Rescue, DASH Football, Connor Saunders Football, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, IMAGO –Young Carers, NCI Lookout and Tooth fairy Creations.
There was also a fabulous climbing wall and thrilling bungee trampolining. Both of these were made possible through the funding gratefully received and which allowed these exciting challenges to be provided at a heavily subsidised rate for our young people to try
out new things. Additionally there were the ever-popular pony rides for younger people and all of these proved very popular throughout. Running alongside the sporting activities we were also fortunate to have a Craft Fair in the Denton Community Centre, organised by Danni Bruce, and a very successful cake competition with many prize winning creations
The organisers were delighted to be given two return tickets to NEW YORK by Virgin Atlantic as part of their monthly support of local charities. This was won by Terry and Tricia from The Close, Denton. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Raffle prizes were drawn in the main arena by Jim Parks who awarded the magnificent first prize of an Apple iPad Mini, kindly donated by Keep It Clean, to winner Peggy Cohen, proudly in her tenth decade!
There were a further thirty plus other prizes in the mega raffle. A signed cricket bat, presented by Sussex CCC, was won by Sam Thomas The afternoon was drawn to a close by Rev. Louis Wilson, Rector of Denton Parish Church, who thanked the many supporters and volunteers who made the Denton Community Challenge is a committee of volunteers from Denton Church, the James Daniels Memorial Fund, FADS and local residents.
‘Howzat?’ was well supported by Newhaven Town and South Heighton Parish Councils, by local businesses and charities, and thanks go out to them for helping the organisers plan a successful, happy and inclusive day.
John Fitzgerald, Tricia Gostock and Cliff Dargonne