Pavilion Cafe – Summer Gala 2019 at Alkincoats Park

Summer Gala 2019 at the Pavilion Cafe raised over £400 for Pendle Dogs In Need & The Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy

The Summer Gala at the Pavilion Cafe in Alkincoats park was held on Sat 25th May 2019.  The event enjoyed a superb attendance – the whole area around the Pavilion Cafe was buzzing and had a great atmosphere.  The event was aimed at fundraising for two local causes – Pendle Dogs in Need and the Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy.  There were all sorts of stalls, animal petting and activities, plus plenty of refreshments!

The Pavilion Cafe
Around the Pavilion Cafe, folk were browsing the stalls, taking part in the various activities or just enjoying the entertainment …

Local Community
On walking into the area from Alkincoats Road, we were first greeted by our local Fire Crew. So, we stopped off for a photo. Of course, Andy Pickard managed to sneak out of the photo … must’ve been due to the risk of the photo’s being published … if that happens, they’ll have to buy cakes for the rest of the crew!?

Jessica & Simon show off their dogs, Sparkle & Lily. (Sparkle was a rescue dog from Pendle Dogs in Need). Jessica used to run ‘Kelly’s K9 Dog Walking Service’, but has since moved on to other things.

Stalls included face painting for the children and tombola.

Entertainment from Jake Dixon, Tristesse James, Odall, Steve Walton and Keep the Beat Drum Circle. Keep the Beat Drum Circle meet on Monday evening’s 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the OpenDoor Centre, Great George Street, Colne (Contact: Simon Woodvine).

Of course all this community photography can be quite tiring, so Trish Judson (the Mayor’s attendant) kindly bought me a hot dog! Well, anyone that has met me will know I will rarely refuse an offer of food! I sat on the steps listening to Tess sing and, after her performance slot, Tess sat with me for a while. Stovold James was luring around and captured us chatting! Most local folk should be familiar with Tess – she sings, participates in local events regularly and is also an active member of the Outcry Theatre Company. What were we chatting about? Don’t be so nosy! Seriously though, we were discussing her involvement in Pendle Powerfest event (which was on the following day at Nelson & Colne College).

The Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy
The Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy runs coaching every Saturday at the Alkincoats Park Bowling Green from 10 am until 12 noon (during the bowling season). They accept all ages – young or old from 5 to 105 and all standards. So if you want to improve your game or just take up a new sport, then get in touch with them at Tel: 07841129795 or email

Animal Petting & Alpacas
Mark Townson Sheep & Goats (Petting Zoo) and Longridge Alpacas.

Alkincoats Woodland Nature Reserve Group
Volunteers from Alkincoats Nature Reserve showing their work & community engagement and the extension to the nature park.  Very interesting what these guys do for the area and they would love for more people to be involved in maintaining & improving this stunning area. They’re always looking for volunteers or helpers … contact Carol Riley on 01282-868224 or Dave McQuillan on 01282-712793. (Their next meeting is at the North Valley Community Centre on 17th June 2019, at 7.30pm).  They’re really friendly & approachable … no need to be shy!

Stalls & Around the Pavilion Cafe

You’ll note the absence of photo’s of Daisy Eve … she’d made sure that we were attending the event but successfully ‘disappeared’ whenever a camera was around … next time, Daisy, next time. 🙂


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Naz is well known in the local community as a photo journalist. He is group creator for 'Colne Talk' - a Facebook Community Group which has approx 20K members. He also runs multiple Facebook pages for the local community & local business, such as 'Visit Colne'.