Playing field at Newton to become a right royal location

Newton Village Fete and Flower Festival. Councillor Steve Tierney with the Queen Elizabeth II Playin

Newton Village Fete and Flower Festival. Councillor Steve Tierney with the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field plaque for Newton. - Credit: Archant

THE playing field at Newton will take on a regal flavour at the end of the month, when it is renamed The Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field.

A special plaque will be unveiled at the village fete on Saturday June 29, at a 2pm opening ceremony presided over by Steve Tierney, who represented the village on Fenland District Council until being ousted by a UKIP candidate last month.

Also at the fete will be North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay, and the mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Samantha Hoy.

The village promises fete will be the largest in its history, including many stalls, sideshows, a craft marquee and a range of attractions including classic vehicles, a fire engine and the New Horizons Bus.

There is also a cake bake competition (call Di on 01945 870857 for entry details) a nursery rhyme themed fancy dress competition, a fun dog show, entertainment from ABC Pre-school, sporting events for youngsters as well as ‘older’ participants, plus rides behind a miniature steam traction engine.

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The parish council gazebo will house a display covering the Community Led Plan, the Playing Field Project and views of past village fetes.

*On Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, St James’ Church in Newton will host its first flower festival in living memory, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. More than 30 arrangements will be spread around the 12th century building, all based on nursery rhymes. There are also plans for some copies of Trevor Grey’s book, illustrating the history and restoration of the church, to be on sale with the proceeds going towards church funds.

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Refreshments will be available at both events, and entry is free.

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