Gala Day

Event Date: Sunday 2nd July 2017

Event Location: Ampthill Great Park

Gala Day is a free community event which takes place on the Sunday of the popular Ampthill Festival Weekend from 12.30pm to late afternoon in Ampthill Park. This is a day for relaxing, listening to great music and watching some fabulous arena acts, meeting up with friends and finding out about your local community groups and businesses.

A highlight of Gala Day is the parade which passes through the town centre and arrives at the park around 1.15pm. Prizes are presented to the best dressed groups by the Mayor and then we start our arena performances on the cricket ground.

In the music arena there will be a whole afternoon of music by great local bands. A real festival feel. Around the edge of the Cricket ground there will be stalls promoting local charities, community groups and businesses. There is also a fun fair and a good range of food stalls.

We promise that there is something to entertain every member of the family. Come and join us – you won’t be disappointed!

 

Latest Gala Day News

Today we would like to unveil this years Pride of Ampthill children. 

We were bowled over by the bravery, kindness and dedication shown by all five incredible youngsters who have won this year’s special awards. They are ALL amazing.

As part of their prize, the five children will lead this year’s Gala Parade on Sunday 2nd July from the Firs School and around the streets of Ampthill towards the country park. The overall winner will be announced on Gala Day.

Massive congratulations from us to everyone.

This years Pride of Ampthill are:

Caitlin Phillips - Age 11
Severely dyslexic, reading and writing has always been a tough challenge for Caitlin. But she has an amazing imagination and in 2016, she not only wrote a play with some friends but she then took on a starring role in the performance in front of family and friends to raise money for Iris Ministries - a charity that supports orphans in Mozambique. This year, she wanted to raise more money and she organised a date with Ampthill’s Baptist church, wrote a play, performed in this and arranged for friends to dance, play or perform a sketch to create a variety show. It was truly amazing! She raised £210 for Iris Ministries. 

Caitlin says:

“When I heard, I found it absolutely amazing and I was in shock. To have been nominated is so amazing and I was literally bouncing up and down! 
“I love Gala Day because I really like the parade, stalls and all the rides. I love seeing everyone on the day too.
“I am really proud of what I have done. In Africa, there are millions of orphans and I thought ‘how about I write a play, perform it to other people and then raise some money for the charity too. I raised £220 and the lady from the charity was amazed and said a massive thank you. “

Livvy Dear - Age 10
Livvy Dear has always had long, beautiful blonde hair. She has never had it short but this month, she made the incredible and selfless decision to cut off her locks to donate her hair to the Little Princess Charity, which will create a wig for children suffering from cancer. Such a kind girl, she also wanted to raise money along the way for this lovely charity and so far, she has raised more than £1k via sponsorship. It’s a staggering amount for someone who has just turned ten.

Livvy says:
“I danced around the room when I found out I was going to be part of the Pride of Ampthill. I love everyone’s smiles when they watch you in the parade and to be leading it this year feels amazing. 
“I read about the Little Princess charity and I really wanted to help them. I wasn’t nervous about having my hair cut off though. I am so proud to have raised more than £800 for the charity as well as donating my hair to be made into a wig.”

Freddy Hoare - Age 11
When it comes to being a young talented musician, Freddy Hoare has it in bucket loads. He has taken part in the Bedfordshire music festival for the last three years and he has come first in his class. As well as also playing solos with the orchestra at Ampthill Music Centre, Freddy recently played his flute at the Mayor’s St Georges Concert. He was awarded a high distinction in his grade 5 last June and a distinction in Grade 4 in his violin last summer. He’s definitely a talent to watch out for.

Freddy says:
“I was so happy when I heard I was going to be part of the Pride of Ampthill. I was surprised too!  I love performing in front of lots of people and at school, I really enjoy doing solos. I love playing an instrument because I like the sound of it.
“My favourite Festival day is Gala Day.”

Malaika Tuck – Aged 12
Malaika Tuck really does go above and beyond for her local community. Not only is she an active member of the 2nd Ampthill Guides, she also helps as a young leader at both Brownies and Rainbows, giving up much of her free time to support young girls growing up within Girl Guiding. She is also an active mentor to new Guides and leads groups in community events/fundraisers. Exceptionally reliable and trustworthy, Malaika – who recently arranged to help serve a tea party to the elderly – is a great role model in Ampthill.

Malaika says:
“I was so proud to be nominated for Pride of Ampthill. I love being in the parade and I really like seeing everyone’s costumes and what they have done. I love seeing how everyone’s imagination has gone wild! 
“I really love helping in the community because I really like seeing everyone smiling when I am helping them.”

Jenson Clayton - Aged 12

Having been diagnosed with severe stress and anxiety just over a year ago, Jenson Clayton has shown great inspiration by working hard over the last 12 months to overcome many issues, including facing up to bullies that were making his life a misery, and pursuing things on a personal level that his parents never dreamt would be possible. Jenson found it hard to talk and make friends easily but after joining Flitwick Eagles Football club in September 2016, he has become a valued member who now plays week in, week out. He’s also led small groups in activities on a number of residential trips and become an active member of Scouts. Jenson really does display such incredible resilience.

Jenson says:
“Im really proud to be part of the Pride of Ampthill. Not many people get chosen so I feel lucky. 

“I feel like Ive started to conquer my fears and feel really happy. Its good to play football again. 

“Im a scout and we get to spend all weekend doing things to help. Last year we helped people take their picnics into the proms which is so much fun and I love the music stage with all the acts on Sunday. I wish I could watch Busted on Friday though!”

Ampthill Gala Day added 6 new photos.

Today we would like to unveil this year's Pride of Ampthill children.

We were bowled over by the bravery, kindness and dedication shown by all five incredible youngsters who have won this year’s special awards. They are ALL amazing.

As part of their prize, the five children will lead this year’s Gala Parade on Sunday 2nd July from the Firs School and around the streets of Ampthill towards the country park. The overall winner will be announced on Gala Day.

Massive congratulations from us to everyone.

This year's Pride of Ampthill are:

Caitlin Phillips - Age 11
Severely dyslexic, reading and writing has always been a tough challenge for Caitlin. But she has an amazing imagination and in 2016, she not only wrote a play with some friends but she then took on a starring role in the performance in front of family and friends to raise money for Iris Ministries - a charity that supports orphans in Mozambique. This year, she wanted to raise more money and she organised a date with Ampthill’s Baptist church, wrote a play, performed in this and arranged for friends to dance, play or perform a sketch to create a variety show. It was truly amazing! She raised £210 for Iris Ministries.

Caitlin says:

“When I heard, I found it absolutely amazing and I was in shock. To have been nominated is so amazing and I was literally bouncing up and down!
“I love Gala Day because I really like the parade, stalls and all the rides. I love seeing everyone on the day too.
“I am really proud of what I have done. In Africa, there are millions of orphans and I thought ‘how about I write a play, perform it to other people and then raise some money for the charity too. I raised £220 and the lady from the charity was amazed and said a massive thank you. “

Livvy Dear - Age 10
Livvy Dear has always had long, beautiful blonde hair. She has never had it short but this month, she made the incredible and selfless decision to cut off her locks to donate her hair to the Little Princess Charity, which will create a wig for children suffering from cancer. Such a kind girl, she also wanted to raise money along the way for this lovely charity and so far, she has raised more than £1k via sponsorship. It’s a staggering amount for someone who has just turned ten.

Livvy says:
“I danced around the room when I found out I was going to be part of the Pride of Ampthill. I love everyone’s smiles when they watch you in the parade and to be leading it this year feels amazing.
“I read about the Little Princess charity and I really wanted to help them. I wasn’t nervous about having my hair cut off though. I am so proud to have raised more than £800 for the charity as well as donating my hair to be made into a wig.”

Freddy Hoare - Age 11
When it comes to being a young talented musician, Freddy Hoare has it in bucket loads. He has taken part in the Bedfordshire music festival for the last three years and he has come first in his class. As well as also playing solos with the orchestra at Ampthill Music Centre, Freddy recently played his flute at the Mayor’s St Georges Concert. He was awarded a high distinction in his grade 5 last June and a distinction in Grade 4 in his violin last summer. He’s definitely a talent to watch out for.

Freddy says:
“I was so happy when I heard I was going to be part of the Pride of Ampthill. I was surprised too! I love performing in front of lots of people and at school, I really enjoy doing solos. I love playing an instrument because I like the sound of it.
“My favourite Festival day is Gala Day.”

Malaika Tuck – Aged 12
Malaika Tuck really does go above and beyond for her local community. Not only is she an active member of the 2nd Ampthill Guides, she also helps as a young leader at both Brownies and Rainbows, giving up much of her free time to support young girls growing up within Girl Guiding. She is also an active mentor to new Guides and leads groups in community events/fundraisers. Exceptionally reliable and trustworthy, Malaika – who recently arranged to help serve a tea party to the elderly – is a great role model in Ampthill.

Malaika says:
“I was so proud to be nominated for Pride of Ampthill. I love being in the parade and I really like seeing everyone’s costumes and what they have done. I love seeing how everyone’s imagination has gone wild!
“I really love helping in the community because I really like seeing everyone smiling when I am helping them.”

Jenson Clayton - Aged 12

Having been diagnosed with severe stress and anxiety just over a year ago, Jenson Clayton has shown great inspiration by working hard over the last 12 months to overcome many issues, including facing up to bullies that were making his life a misery, and pursuing things on a personal level that his parents never dreamt would be possible. Jenson found it hard to talk and make friends easily but after joining Flitwick Eagles Football club in September 2016, he has become a valued member who now plays week in, week out. He’s also led small groups in activities on a number of residential trips and become an active member of Scouts. Jenson really does display such incredible resilience.

Jenson says:
“I'm really proud to be part of the Pride of Ampthill. Not many people get chosen so I feel lucky.

“I feel like I've started to conquer my fears and feel really happy. It's good to play football again.

“I'm a scout and we get to spend all weekend doing things to help. Last year we helped people take their picnics into the proms which is so much fun and I love the music stage with all the acts on Sunday. I wish I could watch Busted on Friday though!”
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Check out this years Gala Day programme, which you can pick up at The Stationary Boutique in Ampthill. 

Massive congratulations to Lola for winning our competition to design the cover for us. We were so impressed. It looks amazing!

Also special mention to the runners up - Holly Ellie and Megan.

Check out this year's Gala Day programme, which you can pick up at The Stationary Boutique in Ampthill.

Massive congratulations to Lola for winning our competition to design the cover for us. We were so impressed. It looks amazing!

Also special mention to the runners up - Holly Ellie and Megan.
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