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College invites people to annual ‘summer fest’

By Gary Lawrence

A FESTIVAL of music and entertainment at St Vincent College in Gosport, which last year attracted around 1,000 people, will be back again in June.

The free event, entitled St Vincent Summer Fest, will take place on June 10 (Saturday) and will feature contributions from across the facility. This includes music, food, games, and other activities for all ages; with a highlight being classic covers and original compositions from 17 student bands.

Other departments from the college will be showcasing their work through a variety of demonstrations; whilst people are able to experience a gaming experience with the St Vincent Sharks Esports club. Rock climbing and badminton activities are further set to take place.

Other departments from the college will be on show as well with demonstrations and a chance to try gaming with the St Vincent Sharks Esports club, rock climbing on the college’s climbing wall and badminton.

Students studying performance arts will represent the college ‘School of Personalised Learning’; using costumes / a set to run an immersive photo booth and milkshake bar. They are currently rehearsing their production of Back to the Future, which will be presented before the end of the summer term.

Teacher Karen Philp said in a press release published earlier this week: “They’ve all been working so hard on rehearsals and they are really excited about meeting everyone.”

Sport will pay a huge part of this event with members of Gosport Falcons FC women’s team set to participate in a penalty shootout competition. Gosport Borough Hockey Club will once again be running taster sessions, whilst Gosport Boxing Club are set to bring their own ring to showcase skills throughout the day.

Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue will have displays, demonstrations, and fire engines; whilst Borough councillor Jamie Hutchison is due to present raffle prizes to lucky winners. Food and drink will further be available to purchase from multiple stalls; whilst a bouncy castle and mini go-karts have also been organised.

Visitors are further invited to participate in tours of the HMS St Vincent Museum, which is part of the college buildings and was previously home to thousands of naval cadets on site from 1927 to 1969.

Principal Andy Grant said: “We had a wonderful day last year and I know the staff and students relished the chance to show off the beautiful college grounds and what we do here. We’ve been working hard at making this year’s event even better.”

“We are very grateful to Frost Creative who are the main sponsors of the festival, their support is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to seeing family, friends and neighbours at St Vincent, it’s great to be able to invite the community in because we see ourselves as very much a part of it.”

“There will be lots going on for people to see and enjoy. We have some very gifted musicians who will be performing all day so everyone will be entertained.”

Frost Creative are sponsoring this event with Creative Director Gary Frost adding: “We believe in supporting our clients and the communities they serve so we were happy to sponsor this event. We wish everyone at St Vincent a really fantastic day.”

Doors will be opening for the event from 10am, running until its close at 4pm. Parking is also available using designated areas from Mill Lane and Forton entrances. Everybody is welcome to attend with disabled access available, although only assistance dogs are allowed on site.

Readers are invited to contact if they have any questions about the event; whilst more information about St Vincent College can be seen via this link.

PICTURE PROVIDED BY ST VINCENT COLLEGE: Students launch the build-up to their summer festival at the college as they hope to build on last year’s huge success; the 2023 edition due to take place on June 10.