Arena trial set for college fete date

Star College fete

Simon and Matthew Welch, Matthew Christopher and Barry Husband are bringing the thrills of arena trials to the Star College at Ullenwood on Saturday, July 11. And there's an extra attraction - James Welch and a mate will be providing commentary! It looks like it'll be a good do, for no better a cause.

Simon thanks site sponsors BVM, plus his sponsor RAW Sports, and Hein Gericke for dipping their hands in their pockets too. Here's what The Citizen had to say about it...

A SPECTACULAR motorcycle trials show performed by the region's most talented riders is just one of the attractions at next Saturday's annual National Star College fete.

Canine giants will be demonstrating their lifesaving expertise on volunteers who raise enough sponsorship cash to be "rescued" from a lake too.

Western Centre trials champion Simon Welch, who is a tutor at the Ullenwood college, will be showing off his skills with other top riders from the county and beyond, in a "Kickstart"-style arena trial.

Jumping their bikes over skips, huge tyres and other man-made sections, they plan to hold three demonstrations during the fete, which runs from noon until 4pm on Saturday, July 11.

"We're really looking forward to this and I know there are a lot of bike fans at the college," said Simon. "I'd like to thank BVM Moto in Stroud, Hein Gericke and Raw Sports for sponsoring the sections too, they've been very generous."

A ride-through of superbikes and Harley Davidsons means there will be bikes for all tastes as well.

The theme of this year's fete is all things magical and the Newfoundland Dog Rescue team will be working their magic by pulling people from the college lake.

Volunteers who want to be rescued by the 14st gentle giants are being asked to raise 50 sponsorship for the privilege.

There will be 15 dogs, all of whom are specially trained to rescue those in peril in rivers, lakes and the sea.

The fete is being held to raise money for the college@'s 15.4 million campaign, the Star Appeal.

Along with the star attractions there will also be a wide variety of stalls and games, refreshments, a dog show, a raffle and a live band. To add a touch of magic there will be magicians entertaining people on stage and around the event.

"Not only is the National Star College fete an enjoyable day for our students and staff, it also provides the rare opportunity for members of the public to visit the college," said Jane Cima, community fundraiser of the independent specialist college which works with learners who have physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties.

"Last year's event attracted over 2,000 people and we are hoping to increase the number in 2009."

Admission is 2.50 for adults, and 1 for children and concessions. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs 6. For more information about the fete and the dog rescue event call Jane on 01242 524 478.