With less than a month to go til this year’s Party in the Park, the committee had lots to discuss at their recent meeting.
Present: Adrian, Steve, Simon, Jo, Colin, Charlie, Dee, Nigel, Clare
Site preparation: we are arranging for the grass to be cut prior to the event and improved fencing to make the site more secure. Charlie is building us steps to access the stage.
Site layout: much discussion took place on where to put the toilets! We have more loos this year for both men and women and as such may have to re-think where they are located. We also have bigger inflatables which need careful consideration due to the logistics of power cables. The team decided to meet up at the field later in the month to discuss further. We discussed lighting and confirmed it will be improved for the end of the evening to help people navigate the field when they leave.
Site security: sadly, we had some trouble last year with teens. Our professional security team will be patrolling the gate and site to ensure no under-age drinking takes place. Under age drinkers will be escorted off site along with their appropriate adult. Alcohol not purchased on site will be confiscated. The team are volunteers organising an event for the whole community and should not have to put up with abuse from anyone of any age. We will have a zero-tolerance policy on drunken or abusive behaviour towards both our volunteers and security team and offenders will be removed from site.
Posters: posters have been printed and distributed throughout the team to put up around the village and local areas. (see below if you can help with posters)
Rubbish and recycling: we are improving the ability to sort out rubbish on the day. Our clean up volunteers had quite the job last year on the Sunday attempting to separate the landfill waste form the recycling. It was a hard messy job that required strong marigolds! We’re hoping to improve the sorting this year with better signage on the bins and lids on some which will only be for certain recycling eg cans/bottles.
Weather: we spent far too much time discussing the weather! The event WILL take place whatever the weather, but obviously contingency plans need to be in place if the worst happens. We will be monitoring the weather forecast closely and if heavy rain looks likely then we will put plans in place to protect the stage and other electrics fully.
Raffle: we have some absolutely amazing prizes for the raffle this year which we will be advertising soon. We will be selling tickets throughout the day and nighttime event and the raffle will be drawn the following day. All proceeds from the raffle will be split between the stroke ward at Musgrove Hospital and another charity of Mandy Knight’s choosing to honour her late husband David Knight, who was a key member of the PIP team.
Tickets: Teen tickets are very nearly sold out, and child tickets are running low. Plenty of adult tickets are still available. Tickets can be purchased at Creech School Fair of Friday 14th June 3.45-5.30pm or see the tickets page.
How can YOU help?
We always need volunteers for jobs big and small in the run up to the event, on the day, and following the event. If you can help – for as much or as little as you are able – we would love to hear from you. Email us, message us on Facebook or speak to one of the team about how you can get involved. We currently need help with:
Poster distribution – are you able to put up a poster at your work or a notice board near you? Posters available to download and print or you can contact us to request a paper copy.
Party in the Park is now only 6 weeks away and behind the scenes the team are working to get the site ready to put on another fantastic event.
We’re doing things a little differently this year and using tokens for rides and activities instead of cash. You’ll be able to buy your tokens on the day for £1 each from the soft drinks bar at the pavilion. All rides/activities will cost ONE TOKEN. However you can also save yourself some money by buying the token vouchers ahead of time and get the following discount:
5 x tokens = £4 (20% discount)
15 x tokens = £10 (33% discount)
Vouchers are available to purchase from:
All ticket sellers (see the ticket page for full details)
Creech School Fair on 14 June 2019 15.45-17.45.
Activities you will need tokens for
Tap the App Game
Hold your nerve and take on the giant smart phone steady hand game. The aim of the game is to remove all the pieces (apps) from the game board using the electromagnetic wand. Tap the App one at a time and keep a steady hand, if you touch the sides the alarm will sound and the app will fall back into the game board.
Strike a Light Game
Speed, accuracy, and head-to-head competition make this high energy game a true winner. Who has the fastest hands in Creech?
Racing Simulator (2 player)
The racing simulators features a link up system allowing drivers to race on the simulator head to head with independent screen views. The system features a choice of cars and courses is available including both track and off road courses in a variety of car types.
Dance Off Machine
Follow the steps on screen to learn the routines and score big points. Challenge friends and family to see who has the best moves.
70ft bouncy assault course.
Rodeo Sheep Ride
Like a bucking broncho – except it’s a sheep!
Air Hockey Table
Classic arcade game for two players.
Giant inflatable slide – fun for all ages.
Free Activities and games
Family games – giant jenga, giant connect 4, limbo set,
Circus Skills with Mr Bumble
Balloon modelling with Mr Bumble
Tug of War
See our daytime page for full details of displays, demos and stalls that will also be around during the day.
To celebrate Somerset Day on 11th May, we hosted our 2nd community spring clean of the village and were absolutely blown away by the fantastic turn out of people.
Over 100 adults and children of all ages came together to litter pick around the village and deal with overgrown bushes and weeds. One of our volunteers even bravely tethered himself to a rope enabling him to get up close to the canal and retrieve the large quantities of rubbish on its bank (thank you Charlie!) . The two hours of sprucing up the village yielded random finds such as tyres, huge picture frames and even a house phone!
Joining in the volunteering were several Creech Parish Councillors, Somerset County Councillor David Fothergill and local Rev Rebecca Harris.
Following the clean up, the volunteers were treated to a free BBQ cooked by Adrian and Steve and chips from Layz Ricks. Family games including giant connect 4, rounders and limbo were available for all to use and the kids had a fab time playing in the park in the sunshine.
The organising committee said:
“We are really pleased that Creech Party in the Park continues to be a successful event which allows us to put proceeds back into the village. We were delighted that so many children helped with the clean up day as it’s fantastic to see the different generations coming together”
In addition to organising the clean-up, Creech Party in the Park has also donated funds to the local primary school, pre-school and Baptist church for children’s clubs. It has provided park benches, phone box refurbishment, defib and funded OAP lunches. It has also funded 20 trees to be planted as part of the Somerset Wood Memorial Project.
Huge thanks to Dee for organising this great community event.
The team were deeply saddened to lose one of our team earlier this month.
David Knight passed away on 16th February following a short illness.
Dave had been part of the PIP organising committee since 2014 and his
passing will leave a huge hole in our team and he will be deeply missed by
Dave was a key member of the team, who helped with all aspects of the
event. He was at all the planning meetings throughout the
year without fail and was responsible for the bands, stage, plant
hire, bar stock collection, site plan and layout of the field. He was always on hand with his van for any
deliveries in the run up to the event and his business contacts were
invaluable for not just services but also sponsorship.
On the day of the event Dave would be on site from early in the morning
till late at night getting stuck in with all the jobs, big or small. Whether it
was litter picking, serving at the bar or moving hay bales Dave was happy to
get involved in it all. We were particularly impressed with his Zumba
demo skills one year!
The PIP team had this to say about Dave:
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with David and he will genuinely be missed by us all. I will always picture him wearing a yellow T-shirt, a big smile and holding a glass of red! He was a lovely friendly man and it was a privilege to call him a friend” – Jo
“I will really miss a very dear friend in Dave. Dave’s dedication and enthusiasm to PIP was second to none and the PIP team are going to make sure that 2019 is one to remember in his honour. The Creech Parish has lost a key member of the community, it is a very sad time.” – Adrian
“David was a pleasure to work alongside on the PIP committee in the few years I knew him. His incredibly positive, ‘can do’ attitude, great sense of humour and above all his willingness to get involved in any way necessary to get the million ‘things’ done behind the scenes to create a hugely successful and memorable community occasion, made him an invaluable team member. What a loss to our team and our community. He will be missed greatly by us all” – Bev
“David always had a smile on his face and a calm head, even when things were not going completely to plan… He did so much for our community and in particular Ham. I feel very proud to have called him a friend and colleague and his rum punch was legendary x” – Clare
“David will be genuinely missed. He was a pleasure to work with at PIP and was always cheerful, no matter what was going on!” – Dee
“Working with David was always a pleasure; his reassuring smile was a comfort especially if things were not going as hoped. I feel privileged to have known and worked alongside him at PIP, as a Parish councillor and during other community events. I’m so glad our paths crossed, and I’ve had the pleasure of calling David my friend. He will always be in our hearts.” – Mina
In addition to being a key member of PIP Dave also organised trips
for the Ham Clan, ran his own successful business, and was a member of Creech
St Michael Parish Council for several years.
Our thoughts are with David’s wife Mandy and his family at this heart-breaking
On Friday 18th January 2019 Creech Party in the Park (PIP) provided a free fish and chip lunch for a group of over 60s.
Around 120 locals were treated to a lunch of fish, sausage or veggie burger courtesy of PIP.
The event was held in the village hall, and Layz Ricks provided the delicious main course. Pudding was a selection of shop bought delights in addition to a lovely home made gluten free cheesecake (thank you Tina!).
Creech St Michael Primary School sent along six school ambassadors to help serve up the food, accompanied by Mrs Perham and the Headteacher Mrs McCarthy. The children did a fantastic job of shuttling the food between the mobile van and the hall and serving up mushy peas, but their favourite job was wheeling round the dessert trolly full of tasty treats! They were treated to lunch and cake afterwards for all their hard work.
Following lunch and pudding there was time for a quick cuppa and a biscuit before the bingo started. Several games were played, with boxes of chocolates given out as prizes. We were once again joined by Somerset County Council leader Cllr David Fothergill who performed outstandingly as the bingo caller, assisted by PIP organiser Clare.
A BBC film crew were also in attendance at the event, filming Cllr Fothergill for an upcoming episode of Panorama about Social Care. They interviewed some of the locals too so you may see some familiar faces on TV soon!
Although not quite up to the BBC standards, we also had our own roving reporters on hand in the form Andrew and Jo who did a fab job of capturing the day in pictures and video.
Behind the scenes Gill, Karen, Tina and Renee were hard at work in the kitchen washing up. Although we didn’t see them much – we very much appreciate them keeping the mountain of plates under control!
The whole event was funded by the proceeds of PIP. As a non-profit event we aim to support good causes in the local area every year. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for groups that could benefit from PIP funds.
This lunch, and indeed Creech Party in the Park would not be possible without the invaluable help of volunteers, who give up so much of their time. A huge thank you goes to: Adrian, Andrew, Charlie, Clare, Colin, Corinne, David Fothergill, Gemma, Gill, Jo, Karen, Mina, Nigel, Renee, schoolchildren, Simon, Steve and Tina.