The Playing Field, on Ty’r Winch Road Old St. Mellons was the place to be on Saturday afternoon as the Old St. Mellons Village Association staged the local annual fete. People and cars poured through the gates to the Playing Field on a hot, muggy July day.
There was obvious local pride that Old. St. Mellons and Pontprennau Councillor Dianne Rees is currently serving as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff. The gleaming chains of office drew much attention to the popular local councillor. Her deputy mayoral chains are engraved with names of her predecessors, a continuing link in the long history of Cardiff.
Excited children were confronted with an early choice: the ice cream van or a fire engine to explore in awe. Over the winter months extra items of play equipment, a small climbing frame and a see-saw had been added to the Playing Field along with a refurbishment of the tennis courts. Happy, smiling youngsters were putting the facilities to good use during the afternoon. A particular highlight, for many, were the children in Welsh national costume from the St. Mellons Church in Wales Primary School taking to the centre of the fete and dancing.
There was a variety of stalls for all ages to enjoy. The Art and Cake Stalls were proving popular as was the Barber Shop for anybody requiring a trim during the fete. Customers to the St. Mellons Parish Church Stall were met with the smiley face of retired teacher Beryl Bibbs and St. Mellons’ Vicar David Kellen was happily touring the fete being stopped by many people for a chat.
Old St. Mellons is a vibrant community that is justly proud of its contribution to Cardiff life. The Old St. Mellons Village Association has recently spent almost £4,000 on upgrading the Village Hall whilst a further £1,600 was donated to the Community Council to go towards the costs of notice boards that now guide visitors around the village highlighting the heritage of the community. The civic spirit is not just reserved for the adults, this year the St. Mellons Cub Scouts’ ‘Bring and Buy’ event donated funds to pay for a third world doctor for a month.
High profile political figures were also present to share the sunshine and fun with villagers. The recently elected Conservative MP for Cardiff North Jonathan Evans, was present as was the former Labour MP Julie Morgan. The Cardiff North, Assembly Member Jonathan Morgan, also visited the fete. He is an adept user of social media and regularly keeps his constituents updated on his work through Twitter. Therefore it was no surprise to see the AM post a tweet about his duties for the day!
off to judge the stalls at Old St Mellons festival fete, always difficult as I’m biased towards the cakes”
The plethora of side shows were keeping everybody entertained. Appropriately on the eve of the World Cup Final fete goers took part in a penalty shoot out as well as the face painting and the fun children’s entertainment provided by ‘Mysteeny’.
Councillor Rogers summed up the mood at the fete when she stated:
“It’s a wonderful sight isn’t it? People have come here today from all over to join in the village’s fun. There is a real pride in community. So many people have worked so hard to make it such a success. I’m very proud of them.”
As the crowds dispersed it was obvious from one look at the programme of activities in Old St. Mellons that there will much more fun still to come for this tight-knit community in the months ahead.
Keith Phillip Jones
Filed under: Councillors, Old St. Mellons | Tagged: Cllr Dianne Rees, Cllr Jane Rogers, Jonathan Evans MP, Jonathan Morgan AM, Old St. Mellons Community Council, Old St. Mellons Village Association, Playing Field Ty'r Wynch Road, Revd. David Kellen |