Support for Sidmouth’s Sea Fest

Mary and Kay Bagwell accept the Keith Owen Fund plaque with Coco Hodgkinson and Louise Cole from Chr

Mary and Kay Bagwell accept the Keith Owen Fund plaque with Coco Hodgkinson and Louise Cole from Chris Woodruff of the SVA. Ref shs 15-16SH 0420. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

The Sid Vale Association (SVA) has marked its support for Sea Fest with a plaque at the Ham.

The celebration of all things in, on and from the sea returns to Port Royal from 11am on Saturday, May 7.

It will bring together a range of community groups and coastal organisations for a fun-filled, fact-finding day for all the family.

Chris Woodruff, chairman of the SVA Keith Owen Fund committee, presented a commemorative plaque to organisers last week.

The SVA distributes funds from the £2.3million fortune philanthropist Keith bequeathed to the town. Chris said: “The SVA has much pleasure in presenting this plaque, which records our contribution to sustaining our co-existence with marine life - in sea food, sea sports, and the sea-side, and which is for the benefit of both local residents and holidaymakers.”


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Louise Cole, one of the organisers, said: “The Keith Owen Fund plaque will be a timely reminder with the Fish Wall mural, to celebrate Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 and to lead us into Sea Fest 2016. This will be our third year and the focus is very much about bringing together the many community groups and activities that connect us all to our fantastic coastal location - past, present and future.

“We are fabulously supported by many volunteers and are always grateful for extra help, which is what gives the event a real sense of community.

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“This year we hope to foster a shared sense of place, a sharing of knowledge, skills and fun across generations and a bringing together of creativity through arts, music and drama, food and drink, sports and leisure, science, history and the environment.

“We look forward to seeing children, young people, parents, grandparents, residents and visitors on the Ham on May 7.”

Highlights in 2016 will include the fish kitchen, Creativity on the Coast, demonstrations, the Sea Fest Choir, face painting, knitting, plus refreshments from the prawn cocktail bar.

And there will be a Sea Fest Fish Hunt – anyone who finds clues in shops around the town could win a prize.

The Keith Owen Fund (SVA) invites applications for grants, both large and small, subject to terms and conditions. For more information, visit: www.sidvaleassociation.org.uk

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