Community gets behind fun day

Hucknall’s first community fun day, organised jointly by Churches Together and Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, proved to be a great success.

The weather was fine and dry, although cooler than anticipated, when groups of people arrived at 10.00 to set up for the event.

Sophie Cannon on the giant Connect Four game during her visit to Tichfield Park on Saturday.

Sophie Cannon on the giant Connect Four game during her visit to Tichfield Park on Saturday.

Organisers say there was a lot to do, as gazebos had to be erected, and bunting and balloons hung.

After some initial difficulties, and just before 12 noon, as planned, the event was declared open.

The co-ordinators for the event were Rev Sergiy Diduk, from St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Ken and Sheila Robinson, from Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group.

The Street Pastors and the Rotary Club of Hucknall did an excellent job providing stewards and first aid.

There was also a Welcome Point on each gate.

Rob Taylor, the Sports Ambassador for the Southwell Diocese, arrived with sports equipment which was an immediate success with lots of children helping themselves to the sports equipment before they began any training.

Everyone was laughing and happy as there was a variety of sports to take part in. The Vintage Fire Engine arrived from Mansfield Museum and was an immediate success with everyone marvelling at the vintage items of memorabilia they brought along with them.

Engaged Gifts had a stall selling goods, and the music from the Churches Together marquee was enjoyed by all.

SureStart’s Treasure Trail went very well and the animals from White Post Farm were an instant success.

Dave and Kathy from Hucknall Tourism & Regeneration Group set up their games; a Hunt the Picnic Basket, which was ‘borrowed’ from the recent fair at St Mary Magdalene’s church and a Splat-the-Rat game which proved very popular once the aim had been explained.

David, Ghislaine, and Sandra also arrived in support of the event. Ria set up her Loom Band stall and began teaching children to make their own or just letting the more experienced make one themselves.

“Councillor John Wilmott of Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council commented that there must have been almost 1,000 people who took part in the event, throughout the day.

“Some children could not resist trying to burst the blue and yellow balloons which festooned some of the trees and there were some who just tried to knock the conkers down. All good fun.”