Curry Night

Little India Curry Night Review

Astwood Bank came alive to the sounds of Bollywood on Wednesday 22nd June. The Little India restaurant in Astwood Bank marked its fifth anniversary since opening by donating all of the money taken from food sales on the night to the Astwood Bank Carnival fund raising group. The one hundred plus diners over the two sittings included MP Karen Lumley and Mayor Joe Baker as well as local councillors. The event will have raised a four figure sum that later in the year will be distributed to local charities and groups.
As well as an excellent Indian cuisine buffet, diners were entertained by singer Nurjahan Silpi, with many of the diners marking the occasion by dressing in traditional Indian wear and receiving a free henna tattoo. Shamol Ahmed, manager and owner of Little India, was extremely pleased with the event. “We wanted to mark our fifth birthday of being part of the Astwood Bank community, and we thought what better way than working hand in hand with the Astwood Bank Carnival committee to help raise funds that can go back into local groups and charities.

We were delighted to also host MP Karen Lumley and Mayor Joe Baker and receive their support for our local business but also the residents of our village. The event has been a great success and was sold out well ahead of time, so we want to thank everyone for coming and apologise to those that we couldn’t accommodate this time. Maybe we can sort something else out in the future.”Cln9hVaXEAQqMx1

Photo: (left to right)
Ashley Hewitt Chairman of Astwood Bank carnival
Shamol Ahmed owner of Little India
MP Karen Lumley

Speaking on behalf of Astwood Bank Carnival Committee, chairman Ashely Hewitt commented: “As the Carnival Committee we are very proud of the close relationship with have had with many of our local businesses over many years, and were delighted to support Sam when he approached us with this extremely generous offer. Combined with the funds raised through our other events such as the recent Open Gardens, our forthcoming race night on Friday 8th July, and Carnival day on July 9th, we hope to be in a position to continue our long history of being able to distribute thousands of pounds to a wide range of local good causes. If other local businesses would like to work with us to help raise funds we would love to hear from them.”

 

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Astwood Bank in Bloom Sunflower Winners

With some 100 residents receiving free packets of sunflower seeds through Botany Bay and the Astwood Bank in Bloom team there have been hundreds of cheery yellow sunflowers brightening up the village throughout the summer. The first weekend of September saw the Astwood Bank in Bloom judges going out to measure a multitude of sunflowers that residents had entered into the informal competition.

Prizes of gift vouchers were kindly donated by Botany Bay for the tallest sunflower and the flower with the largest seed head.

This year’s winners were Tessa Hawkes, who managed to grow a sunflower to the magnificent height of 3.56 meters, and Jenny Lightfoot who nurtured her plants to produce a seed head of 28cm in diameter.

A truly great effort by not only them but all of the entrants.

Pictured below are Jamie Ratcliffe of Botany Bay handing out prizes to our two winners.

 

Plans are already in place for another sunflower competition for next year. So if you still have seed left over from this year don’t throw it away, but we will have some new stock next year as well. If you want to register for next year’s competition just email bloom@astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk

 

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