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June 16th, 2019.

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the eighth Denton Community Challenge last Saturday, following a wild, wet and windy Friday night the rain cleared and the sun came out just in time for the annual family fun day.

In spite of the high winds, the field was packed with over sixty different stalls made up of local sporting and community groups and local stall holders. Many stands provided sporting challenges for the children which could be enjoyed for a small charge.

On completion of the challenges, the participants were presented with their ‘Let’s Score!’ rosette by Bob Peedle, Chairman of the Seahaven branch of the Royal Society of St George, before enjoying a free burger from the 2nd Denton & South Heighton Scouts BBQ. Over two hundred children took part this year.

This year the opening ceremony was performed by Denton School Choir, along with performances by the school May-Pole dancers. The event was opened by Councillor Graham Amy, Mayor of Newhaven, and Bob Peedle.

A full programme of activities in the arena kept everyone entertained, including performances and displays by Norcross Dancers, Newhaven Football, Scrivens Martial Arts, Seaford Walking Rugby and others. The planned inflatable slide and bouncy castle had to be cancelled because of the strong winds, but the bungee trampolines were a great success and provided some extra excitement for children. Smaller children were kept busy with petting Shetland Ponies, Face Painting and other activities.

Over in the community centre a well-attended Craft Fair showcasing locally made handicrafts and produce was an addition to the ever-popular tea bar which did a roaring trade, along with the cake stall stacked with home-made cakes. Outside the bar provided welcome cold refreshments, as always.

The day was brought to a close and the grand raffle drawn by Louis Wilson, Vicar of Denton Church, and Bob Peedle from the Royal Society of St George. The first prize was a Nintendo Switch kindly donated by Keep It Clean Ltd, and there were many other prizes all generously provided by local businesses and residents.