This deserves an entirely separate article:
The Tarvin Summer Fete – and many other Tarvin community events for that matter – would be nothing were it not for the superb team of dedicated and tireless volunteers of the Tarvin Community Centre Committee.
After the costly cancellation of the fete in the Covid years led to repeated cancellations, the revival of the Fete after its long hiatus could not have happened without the support of the Community Centre Committee, which helped the Fete both financially and with its band of willing volunteers, (not to mention an electricity supply) in its first years back and has continued to support the fete every year since with power and free use of the facilities.
Now, in 2023, they saved the fete once again... when the torrential rain came, whilst stall holders huddled under their gazebos and clung onto them to stop them blowing away, the fete – goers took refuge in the community centre and found a warm welcome, a roof over their heads, and a drink at the bar... Or a cup of tea and a cake. If those attending the fete had not had this facility, I fear that many may have gone home and not returned.
They have even saved the tennis club lessons allowing Gary to run his Whackit tennis sessions inside when the courts were out of action.
The residents of Tarvin are so lucky – we have so many fantastic facilities in our village run by a wonderful band of volunteers – the Methodist Church, St Andrews the woodlands, the Tarvin Christmas market, Summer Fete and the Scout and Guide movement, plus many others that I may have failed to mention. It is sometimes too easy to take the community centre for granted. We do so at our folly.
The live productions they attract to the centre offer a rich and varied range of performances, some of which are seen at no other village community centre venue. The hard work, and fund raising of Tarvin Community centre committee members, both past and present, over recent years, has given Tarvin Village a superbly refurbished and versatile community facility that we should be proud of and grateful for.
We now have a modern community venue that lends itself to so many purposes. It it is a:
Rugby tots centre
It is even a cinema that we can walk to once a month!
So please, people of Tarvin be upstanding, and raise a glass to "Tarvin community centre and it's tremendous Committee"
Ed: Everyone at the community centre was so busy on Saturday, we didn't manage to get a good photo inside on the day. If anyone has a photo from the Summer fete day, please send it in.