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Event announced to highlight local community groups

By Molly Henson

FAREHAM RESIDENTS have been invited to attend a special event in the Town Centre later this summer, which will see a variety of community groups and charities showcase / exhibit the important work they carry out across the borough.

The event has been called the Fareham Community Showcase and is scheduled to take place in West Stret from 10am to 4pm on July 20 (Saturday). It is being hosted by Community First and will be completely free for anybody to attend throughout the day; whilst Mayor Cllr Pal Hayre is set to officially open the showcase on behalf of Fareham Borough Council.

Community First is a leading voice in Hampshire’s voluntary sector and is crucial for many people in Fareham as they deliver key services such as home help / transport. They further provides advice and guidance for other voluntary groups to support their work in the community.

More than sixty exhibitors will be available to explore on July 20 including RSPCA Solent, The Rowans Hospice, The Brickworks Museum and The Crafty Makery amongst others. Visitors will be able to chat to everybody and learn about any support or options that may be available to them.

A wide programme of entertainment has been confirmed for this occasion featuring local groups; including TS Tenacity, Spinnaker Brass, Solent Sounds Chorus, Fareham Musical Society, Locks Heath Tuneless Choir and Mandaleigh Dance Studio alongside others yet to be finalised.

Stalls and activities will be lining the precinct during the day to excite visitors alongside some family fun to excite everybody in the area. Organisers have said that Crafty Makery will offer colouring and craft facilities, whilst a cake sale and tombola are also due to be held.

This event follows the success of last year’s showcase that drew over 250 visitors and gained huge praise from attendees. The Rainbow Centre said, “it was a great opportunity to talk to other organisations and potential volunteers; whilst Solent City Chorus applauded the “great selection of stalls, atmosphere and helpful staff”.

Chief Executive of Community First, Tim Houghton, stated: “We’re very excited for this event and it’s been a pleasure to host it. I hope Fareham residents and visitors will be inspired to volunteer or join a local group when they see some of the amazing work being done in the community.”

Readers are encouraged to contact Liza Smith at liza.smith@cfirst.org.uk or see www.cfirst.org.uk if they want any other information before the showcase.

PICTURED BY COMMUNITY FIRST: Advertisement poster displaying key details of the showcase event in July.