Hythe of ac­tiv­ity on the ted­dies’ big day

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

WILDLIFE, bushcraft and a pic­nic kept fam­i­lies en­ter­tained at the Hythe Park May Teddy Bear Fair.

Around 200 peo­ple en­joyed the an­nual event in the Egham park on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Chil­dren brought their ted­dies in fancy dress to a theme of mys­ti­cal beasts.

Or­gan­ised by the Friends of Hythe Park, this year’s gath­er­ing was in the newly cre­ated Wildlife Gar­den and Her­itage Orchard – built thanks to a grant from the Heathrow Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

Wildlife and bus craft ac­tiv­i­ties were put on by Whittle and Spark and Sur­rey Wildlife Trust.

Chil­dren were en­ter­tained with a ‘find a plant’ trea­sure map game, and dragon fly and spi­der-web cre­at­ing, ac­com­pa­nied by tra­di­tional mu­sic, as well as dog train­ing ses­sions.

Mar­tyn Ni­cholas, chair­man of the Friends of Hythe Park, said: “De­spite a cloudy, chilly morn­ing the weather gods were on our side for a sunny and dry af­ter­noon. We were de­lighted at the turnout of so many fam­i­lies with young chil­dren.

“We are also seek­ing vol­un­teers to help main­tain the gar­den and build a new herb gar­den.”

Marsh­mal­low toast­ing with help from An­drew Field­ing of Whittle and Spark.

Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Harn­den at the tombola stall with Chantel No­ble.

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