Cost of Party in the Park?

The cost to put on Party in the Park is significant – this year is has cost just over £6000!

EVENING Entertainment

The biggest expense in organising Creech Party in the Park is the Afterdark event.  This year we have 2 bands – 11 piece pop and funk band Groove-a-licious (who entertained us in 2014), plus guitar duo Levi and the Bean as support act. We also have to book the DJ for the kids disco.

groovilivious in 2014

Free stuff

We wanted to put on a bigger and better daytime event this year and provide as much as possible free of charge (or heavily subsidised). So this year you can enjoy the following all free:

There is other free stuff going on too, such as junk modelling and puppet shows, however the above have all been paid for with PIP funds.

We have also subsidised the Laser Clay Shooting with Exeter Segways (adults only) so this will only cost £3 and the price for Bungee Trampolines with Octopus Events will also be capped to £3.

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Essential but boring

There is a long list of equipment and services we HAVE to have to run the event, which all cost.  For example:

  • Generators, lighting, electrics
  • Professional evening security
  • Portable toilets
  • Marquee
  • Licence fee for event and raffle tickets
  • PA Equipment
  • Emptying of septic tank

Everything else

There is of course a whole load of little purchases that all add up, including things like: printing posters/flyers/banners, wristband tickets, zip ties, spray paint (to mark out pitches), cleaning products, bin bags, trophies, domain registration – and much more!

How do we fund it all?

We're Eco have supported us every year

Raffle table in 2015

Baptist Church lend us tables and chairs each year

Gillards Transport have supported us since 2014

Straw bales courtesy of David House of Tetton Farm

Lorry stage courtesy of Gillards Transport

 

The bulk of our income is from the sale of tickets.  We keep the Afterdark tickets as cheap as possible as we want everyone to be able to afford to come.

The next biggest cash generator is the profit the bar makes – this is never guaranteed though so in the event of bad weather this could wipe out any profit. This is why we ask you to NOT bring in your own drinks – the bar is cheap (£2.50 a double and £10 for a bottle of Prosecco this year – bargain!) – so please use it to support PIP to run in the future.

Our raffle also brings in some cash for us and we want to once again thank all of our kind donations from local businesses that enable us to offer some great prizes.  This year the prizes total nearly £1300 so please buy a ticket or two off the yellow army of volunteers! Top Prize is a Vitamix worth £400, then a hot air baloon ride for 2, followed by £100 cash. Check out our sponsorship page for the full list of prizes.

In addition to raffle prizes, some local businesses have been incredibly generous in giving us cash donations – and huge thanks goes to WJ, IDN and Redrow for supporting us this year.

Many businesses have also given us free or discounted services – which again makes a huge difference to our finances – please look at the full supporters list to see who has helped this year.

We also get pitch fee money from all the stallholders and food providers.

In addition to all the above we have some very committed and talented volunteers who have skills in project management, IT, web, design, finance and lots more that really helps when running our event – thank you team!

We hope you will support our event this year and ensure it happens next year by buying a raffle ticket, using the bar and most importantly happy a good time!

PIP 16 – 5th Planning Meeting

The 5th planning meeting was held on 12 May with Jo Morrison, Clare Sampson, Adrian Birch, Nigel, David Knight, Steve Greenhalgh, Bev Jane, Dee Finch, Avril Nelson , Colin & Gemma, Simon Hutchings, Ricky and  Rory from RDV FIlm in attendance.

    • Food Traders. Unfortunately we have been let down by the hog roast supplier and are struggling to find a replacement.  If you know of a company that may be interested in attending, please contact us. Don’t worry though, you will not go hungry as we still have BBQ, fish n chips, bakery and curry stalls confirmed for day and evening.
    • Sponsorship. We’re very pleased to confirm we have had several cash donations from local companies.  Huge thanks go to WJ (£500), IDN (£300), Redrow (£150), County Hardwoods (£100).
    • Bake Off.  More plans for the Bake Off will be announced soon, but for now get your thinking caps on for a spaced themed cake competition. Thanks to 9 year old Izzy and her Mum Bev for organising this.
    • Junk Modelling. Another enterprising 9 year old, Nathanial, is also helping us out by organising a junk modelling stall with a little help from Mum Dee.  See his test rocket for his Lego man below – awesome!
Junk modelling

Demo of the junk model that can be made at PIP.

  • Tickets. Tickets will be on sale at the School Fayre on 21 May, 11.30-13.30.
    Entertainment/activities. Professor Bumble will be making balloon animals demonstrating circus skills. Fizz Pop Science has been booked and will do science shows and workshops for kids.  There will also be a bungee trampolines and laser clay shooting.
  • Displays and family games. There will be a Drama display, Tae Kwon Do, 3 legged or Sack Race, Zumba, Tug of War and Egg Toss

Next meeting:  9 June 2016, The Bell, 8pm.

PIP16 – 2nd Planning Meeting

The 2nd PIP planning meeting was held last week.  The committee members (Clare, Jo, Adrian, David, Steve and Abbey)  were joined by volunteers Emma Speers, Bev Lewis, Bev Jane, Colin & Gemma Hodges and Ricky and Rory from RDV Film. It was great to see so many new faces.

Lots of actions, issues and ideas were discussed including:

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Groov-a-licious will be playing this year. They last entertained us back in 2014.

Music:  Groove-a-licious are confirmed as our headline act. Levi and the Bean are the support act. There will also be a kids disco before the bands start.

Tickets: Confirmed ticket prices will be £4 for adults and £1 for children aged 4 and over. Children aged 3 and under are free.

Activities: Gladiator Jousting is confirmed for both day and night, and best of all it will be FREE!  We hope to organise a friendly competition to find out who will be the Creech Champion!  Adrian Birch and his company Barracuda-UK has very kindly purchased a Tug of War rope for Party in the Park – thank you! Emma Speers will be doing Facepainting to raise funds for PIP,   thank you Emma!

Animals: confirmed we will have donkey rides again this year.

Promotion:  RDV have very kindly offered to produce a promotional film of the event – thankyou!

Raffle Prizes:  So far prizes have been offered from Spirit Health Club, L & R Autosolutions and Pioneer Window Cleaning.

Stalls: Previous stallholders will be contacted shortly about attending again this year.  Hot food vendors need to tender for a pitch this year.  Pre-school will once again run a cream tea and cake stall.

Our next meeting will take place on THURSDAY 17 MARCH, 8pm in The Bell Inn. Everyone who is interested in helping out at the event, or who has any ideas for this year is welcome to come along.  We look forward to seeing you then.

PIP16 – 1st Planning Meeting

The organising committee held the first planning meeting of the year this week. Clare Sampson, Jo Morrison, Mina Guest, Adrian Birch and David Knight were joined by Steve Greenhalgh and we’re very pleased to have Abbey Peebles back on the team this year.

Lots of important jobs were assigned to committee members (such as applying for licence, booking entertainment, booking food, contacting stallholders, booking security etc) and a range of issues were discussed including:

Tickets: prices will increase slightly.

Entertainment: hoping to book Groovilicious (who were at the 2014 event) along with a support band.

Activities: inflatables are booked and will have ‘Punch & Judy’ or or some other form of children’s entertainment.

Bake-Off

Can you win the Creech Bake Off?

Animals: reptiles are booked and we’re hoping to have donkey rides again, along with some other animal attraction.

Creech Bake Off:  very excited to announce we’ll be having our own baking competition. More details nearer to the event.

Our next meeting will take place on THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY, 8pm in The Bell Inn. Everyone who is interested in helping out at the event, or who has any ideas for this year is welcome to come along.  We look forward to seeing you then.

2 days to go until PIP15!

Only 2 days to go until Party in the Park 2015. There is so much to see and do this year that this post is just a reminder of what’s happening.  Please look out for posters around the field giving you info on stalls, activities and schedules for music and games.

FREE STUFF – archery, petting zoo, reptile handling, miniature cars, music in the marquee, drama performance, tae kwon do display, dancing display, zumba class, tug of war, egg toss game, pirate puppet show, Punch & Judy, police riot van, fire engine, mini health check

PAID ACTIVITIES:  coconut shy, facepainting, train rides, bouncy castle, crockery smash, guess balloons in car, tombola, glitter tattoos, princess hair.

FOOD & DRINK:  ice cream van, bakery, candlyfloss, chocolate, burgers, fish & chips, cream teas and snow cones.

CHARITY/COMMUNITY STALLS:  Gardening club – including the scarecrow competition! Community First Responders, Charnley Cards, Children’s Hospice South West, Greyhounds in Need, Stand Against Speed for Bethany, SURE, Brainwave.

COMMERCIAL STALLS:  toys, aloe vera products, health products, home products, chabby chic, kitchen gadgets, hobby kits, fruit and veg, wood products.

SCHEDULE:  there will be displays, shows and music happening throughout the day from 12.15pm until 4pm.  See the full schedule so you don’t miss out.

RAFFLE: tickets will be on sale next to the gardening stall in the day and volunteers will be walking around in the evening to sell tickets.  £1 a strip.  See List of Raffle Prizes. Raffle will be drawn at 10pm on Saturday night, and you can write your name on tickets if you will not be around.

PARKING: Please, where possible, leave your cars at home.  The car park is reserved for blue badge holders and the nearby  roads for residents only.

AFTERDARK: Gates open at 6.30pm. Kid’s disco starts at 7pm with volunteers leading the kids in party dances and games. Mr Cover Lover will start at 8pm and finish by 11.30pm.  Bar closes at 11.30pm.

ALCOHOL:  Our bar prices are cheap.  Where else could you get a bottle of Prosecco for £8 with all the entertainment for adults and children that’s on offer? Please support the bar and DO NOT bring in your own booze.  It is a condition of our licence that only alcohol we sell is permitted on the field.  So if you want the event to happen again – please use our bar. Full list of the Bar Tariff .

We hope you have a fantastic day and night at Creech Party in the Park.  We’d love to see your pictures so please post them on our Facebook page.

Fourth PIP Planning Meeting

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Would you like to busk in our marquee?

The latest planning meeting for Creech Party in the Park took place last night at The Bell Inn with Jo, Adrian, Simon, Jane and Bev in attendance.

Buskers Corner: We are hoping to have an area in the marquee for buskers to perform in the daytime. The marquee will be setup with tables and chairs for people to relax and enjoy their cream teas – so some laid back music would be ideal!  We’ll have a small stage for buskers to perform on. Do you know anyone that would like to do a short set?  Would you like to bring your guitar along and give us a tune? Now’s the chance to show Creech your musical talents and maybe earn some cash in the process! Please do get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Volunteers:  We are still in need of more volunteers to help out.  Could you spare half an hour during the daytime event to help organise family games in the central arena such as Tug of War, Wheelbarrow Races and Egg Toss? We have all the equipment, it’s just manpower we are short of!

Groups/charities: We would love to get more local groups and charities involved – are you involved with any organisation that would like a stall for promotion or to raise funds?  There is no charge for non commercial stalls and we even have some games equipment we could lend you to raise money (eg cork guns, play your cards right set, stocks). Please do get in touch at info@creechpartyinthepark.com if you are interested or complete our form on the contact page.

Stalls/activities update:  More stalls and activities have been confirmed, including:  The Baptist Church will be putting on a puppet show for children and doing crafts; a stall called Disneypops Delights will be selling toys; the cub/scouts will be running a coconut shy;  the Pre-School will be doing cream teas and facepainting; homemade and upcycled vintage and shabby chic goods will be on sale by Mrs M Makes; kitchen goods will be on sale from The Pampered Chef; hobby kits will be available from Pixelated; yummy fruit and veg will be available from Riverford Organic Fruit and Veg; there will be lots of fun at Ruishton FC stalls including a crockery smash, football shootout and a guess the balloons in the car competition and Community First Responders will have a stall raising awareness of their role.

Tickets: Tickets for the Afterdark event were on sale during the meeting and we had a few people come along to buy theirs. Tickets went on sale less than a week ago and we have already sold 130 – so please don’t leave it too long before you buy yours.  Don’t forget tickets will be on sale at the Creech School Fayre on 16 May 11.30am-2.30pm or email tickets@creechpartyinthepark.com for full details of how to purchase tickets. Please note that child tickets can only be purchased by an adult.

Parking: We realise that parking is limited around the Rec Ground so we urge everyone to walk to the event and leave their cars at home. The car park will be strictly reserved for disabled badge holders and stallholders on a first come basis so unfortunately a parking spot can not be guaranteed even if you do hold a blue badge.

The next planning meeting will be on Wednesday 3 June at 7.30pm at The Bell Inn, everyone welcome, and afterdark tickets will once again be on sale (unless we have sold out by then!).

2nd PIP Planning Meeting

We had our second planning meeting last night with Jo, Clare, David, Adrian and Bev in attendance and we can now confirm a few more details of the event.

The band for the evening has been booked, a 5 piece London based band called Mr Cover Lover. Take a look at their song list and let us know what you would like them to play. If your favourite is not on the list let us know and we can ask the band if they know it. We want to see you all up dancing again like last year – I’ll be requesting “Uptown Funk”!

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Mr Cover Lover – 5 piece band will get us all up dancing at the Afterdark event.                     Photo: www.tarahcoonan.com

We’re finalising the food choices at the moment, but there will be several caterers in both the day and evening so hopefully something for everyone to enjoy.

Ticket prices for the evening event will be £3 for adults and £1 for 4-17 year olds. Children aged 3 and under are free.

Creech Gardening Club will be organising a scarecrow competition – we’ll give you more details as soon as we know more.

2013

Mr Mommets’ Punch & Judy show in 2013

We have booked donkey rides again and there will be free Punch and Judy shows with Mr Mommet.

We are still looking for volunteers to help out, especially if you fancy running some fun and games for all the family including egg toss and wheelbarrow race.

We of course still need sponsorship and raffle prizes too, so if you can help do please get in touch.

The next meeting will be held at the Bell on 24 March at 7.30pm, everyone welcome so please come along if you would like to get involved.

Activities & stalls update

Courtney's Mobile Petting Farm

Courtney’s Mobile Petting Farm

We’ve another fantastic activity for both children and adults alike with the addition of Courtney’s Mobile Petting Farm to our daytime attractions.

Animals include miniature shetland ponies, miniature donkey, chickens, micro pig and pygmy goats and the aim of the petting area is to have a real hands on, interactive fun approach that will bring smiles to the faces of young and old, whilst helping children to develop a caring attitude towards animals and encourage their confidence and awareness.

Archery

Archery in 2013

“Have a Go” Archery will be back again this year once again organised by Mig Partridge from Creech St Michael Baptist Church.  Fun for all the family.

Wellington Bouncy Castles will be providing a big inflatable slide and play trailer for both the daytime and evening event.

A new commercial stall joining us from Torquay is Made by Rose Red selling beautifully handmade items such as cushions, bunting, coasters, bags etc.

Monkeynutz will also have a stall at the daytime event and is a Taunton based company selling handmade sock animals.

We are currently finalising the music and food for the event so will have more exciting news to share soon!

 

Reptiles back for 2015

Reptile handling

Reptile handling in 2014

Really pleased to confirm that reptile handling will be taking place again at Party in the Park this year courtesy of Us2Zoo.  This activity was a huge success last year and the stall had a big crowd all day.  This year they will also be bringing some mammals who like a cuddle!

Animals to get close to will include:

  • Snakes
  • Racoon
  • Meercats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Chincilla
  • Barn Owl
  • Bearded Dragon
  • Chameleon
  • Gecko