Dig into the past at fun-packed village day

Ashtead Village Day will be held on June 14

Ashtead Village Day will be held on June 14

First published in What's On Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Dig into Ashtead's history at a fun-packed day of entertainment at its annual Village Day.

Organised by Ashtead Rotary Club, this event - which attracted thousands of visitors last year - could be the perfect way to spend your Saturday.

It will boast more than 100 stalls, from youth organisations and hobby clubs to shops, businesses and charities, providing not only interesting displays and gift ideas but inspiration for how to get more involved in the community.

There will be a field arena, with live music acts, funfair rides, a dog show, pony rides, a cooking demonstration, food stalls and miniature bus tours.

On top of this, experts from the Surrey Archaeological Society (SAS) will be on hand to inspect people’s archaeological discoveries and estimate how valuable they are.

Shaun Waddell, an Ashtead Common ranger who will be running a stall with the society, says: "In an event reminiscent of a cross between Time Team and the Antiques Road Show, experts from the SAS will be holding a ‘finds’ session on the day.

"After seven years of excavating on Ashtead Common, the SAS volunteers have uncovered a Roman Villa, associated buildings and most excitingly an underground tile kiln - an example of one of the first industrial sites ever to be established in England!

"Local people are invited to the City of London tent at the Village Day to meet the archaeologists and to present them with any items they have found in their gardens, locally or specifically out walking on Ashtead.  We would like to see anything, from coins, to pieces of metal, to odd shape bits of flint and tile.  And of course they can bring any examples of pottery they may have.

"The experts will identify them and age them and let people know if it’s worth anything.  We could have some gold bullion turn-up, who knows!"  

Funds raised on the day will go to Ashtead Rotary Club and will be used to support both local and international charitable needs.

Ashtead Village Day; Queen Elizabeth II field, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead; June 14, 12pm to 5pm; £5; call 01372 274279; visit rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1436

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