Tadley Tea Party proves a huge success

Tadley Calleva FC youth side among beneficiaries.

Jane Meredith


Jane Meredith


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AROUND 1,000 people packed in to the second Tadley Tea Party on Saturday.

The party, held at Tadley Calleva FC’s Barlows Park ground  in Silchester Road, had an Alice in Wonderland theme and was officially opened at 1pm by the mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Jane Frankum.

Visitors enjoyed good weather and a feast of music, food and entertainment.

Among the line up were two pupils from Hurst Community College, in Baughurst – Mya Boyd, aged 16, who plays piano and guitar, and 14-year-old guitarist Paige Heath, who performed original songs and pop covers.

“They were great – for young girls to get up on stage in front of a large audience, that’s fantastic,” said organiser Jason Nash.

Headliners Mancunian band Marivaux played the concert out in upbeat style, with the audience dancing in front of the main stage, before the final curtain fell at 11.30pm.

A packed Mad Hatters dance tent was headlined by DJs Dolly Rockers.

Entertainment included Morris dancers and a fire-breathing stilt walker, Sakuka, dressed as a white rabbit.

Proceeds were still being totted up, with profit from the bar, run by Tadley Calleva FC, to go to the club’s junior section.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be divided between Tadley six-year-old, Oliver Witcomb, who suffers from Liss disease and who was at the party with his family, and Tadley charity, Helping Hands, in Franklin Avenue. 

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