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SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Gloucestershire’s LARGEST  FREE TO ENTER one-day festival   – www.newentonionfayre.net 

Newent Onion Fayre is a one day street festival of food, drink, music and merriment which attracts almost 15,000 visitors. At the heart of the festival is the Onion Show which is unique in its status in the UK. The whole town becomes a party during what has become recognised as a celebration of the first day of harvest at the end of the summer.

Newent Market House is open at weekends 1:30 – 4:00 (except Onion Fayre weekend).  See the town history and life display. No entrance fee. By arrangement it can be opened for groups at other times. For details contact Ginny James 01531 821904 or Newent Town Council.  

The quest is to have a beautiful statue of Valegro in our town. People can then remember this one in a million horse forever. If anyone would like to support our campaign and make this a reality, please see the link :- https://www.facebook.com/valegrothedancinghorse

The Project was launched on November 2017   https://www.youtube.com This unique and special horse will have a very special place where he can ‘dance’ and inspire local people and visitors forever. 2018 UPDATE on the plan to put a statue up of Valegro in Newent, his home town. This horse, Carl Hester and Charlotte du Jardin have done so much for Dressage and particularly for UK Dressage that we really wanted to have a long term thankyou and memory of him.

Originally it was to be a full-sized statue, but in consultation with Carl and Charlotte and one of the artists it was decided that a half sized statue similar to those at Cheltenham race course would be more suitable.
The artist has been chosen, she is Georgie Welch. Preliminary sketches done and now we are in the serious business of raising the funds to succeed.
Valegro will be portrayed plaited and wearing his tack. Which movement he does – extended trot – passage – piaffe – has not been decided yet, but we will follow the artist as the work is done. If you would like to help with this exciting project, please contact us through Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/valegrothedancinghorse

To celebrate every Team GB London Olympic Gold Medals, Royal Mail painted some of its red post boxes gold in the Olympic Gold Medalist’s home towns.  One can be found in Newent, outside the Post Office to celebrate Charlotte Dujardin winning Olympic Gold in

the individual equestrian dressage event on her horse Valegro. She also won a Gold as a member of the team dressage event.  Charlotte who lives and trains in Newent also appeared on specially made stamps commemorating the achievements of our gold medal winning Olympians.

Charlotte Dujardin became the second British woman to win three Olympic gold medals by retaining her individual dressage title in Rio 2016 again on Valegro .

Donations can me sent to Newent Initiative Trust,  Alland,  Botloes Green, Newent, Glos, GL18 1DW or contact Newent Initative Trust – newentcc@gmail.com

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