Creech Bake Off Competition

Can you be our star baker?  We are holding our very own Creech Bake Off competition this year.  The cooking contest will be for all age groups and we have some fantastic prizes.

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Huge thankyou to Bev Jane and her 9 year old daughter Issy for all their hard work organising this event.

The Competition

The competition is open to everyone.  We want to see your Space Themed creations.  They can be anything edible. Cakes, biscuits, cupcakes, sweet or savoury, big or small – everything is eligible as long as it is edible! Your entry needs to have been baked by your own fair hands and fit in with our space theme.

Please bring your culinary creations to the main marquee on the field from 12pm. They will be put on display for the public to vote (by looks alone) for their favourite.  The bakes with the most votes will be tasted and ranked by the judges.

The judging will take place at 2.30pm and winners announced at around 3pm – listen out for announcements.

If you are unsure where to go or have any queries ask one of our yellow t-shirt helpers.

There will be three age categories:

  • Under 11s
  • Under 18s
  • Adult

We look forward to what we hope will be the first of many Creech Bake Offs!

The Prizes

We have some fab prizes:

  • £50 Lakeland vouchers
  • Zorbing experience
  • Family entry to @Bristol/Planitarium

The Judges

  • Bev & Issy Jane
  • Jane Birch – an accomplished baker
  • Karen Miller – a professional cake maker
  • Sue Burrows –  a professional cake maker
  • A member of the Parish Council (TBC)
  • A PIP Committee member (TBC)

PIP16 – 3rd Planning Meeting

The 3rd Party in the Park planning meeting was held last week.  Jo Morrison, Adrian Birch, David Knight, Mina Guest, Steve Greenhalgh, Colin & Gemma Hodges, Bev Jane, Dee Finch, Avril Nelson and Nigel were in attendance.

Lots of ideas and actions were discussed, including:

Bar:  Adrian has applied for the licence. Steve has sourced a refrigerated van to help with keeping stock cold.  David is in discussion with local brewery for good some good deals on beer.

Food Tenders: Adrian updated us on the companies that have applied for hot food pitches, and the team decided which ones were successful.  There will be: burgers, fish n chips, hog roast, pizza and curry stalls.  We will advertise full details of suppliers in due course.

Charity: This year we are hoping to donate to a local charity, or arrange a charitable event for villagers.  Suggestions were OAP Christmas lunch or commemorative coins for school children. Committee and volunteers are to come up with ideas and we would welcome suggestions from the community.  Please comment below or email us at info@creechpartyinthepark.com.

Bake-Off discussed at meeting

Creech Bake Off:  Bev’s 9 year old daughter has taken this over! She wants to make it a space theme.  She has already sourced 2 amazing prizes – £50 Lakeland voucher and a family ticket to Bristol aquarium (worth around £40). Well done Izzy, this is fantastic stuff.

Raffle:  There are some amazing raffle prizes being donated, including:  hot air balloon rides (worth £300), Vitamix (worth £500), Champagne and chocolates, massage/reflexology session, and a manicure. Huge thank you to our sponsors:  Aerosaurus, HomeInstead, Purple Rose and Nails by Lindz for some of these fab prizes.

Stalls:  Confirmed stalls so far include:  Kingston Exotics (reptile handling), WI, Ems Allsorts (handmade items), Fire Brigade, Forever Aloe Vera, Taunton Running Club, Natures Treasures Spirit Health Club, Disneypops Delights (toy stall), Chocolate Kisses, cake stalls and cake decorating for kids.

NEXT MEETING:  Thursday 14 April, 8pm, The Bell Inn  – everyone welcome.

PIP2015 – a fab day and night!

This year Party in the Park was bigger and better than ever with hundreds of people of all ages enjoying both the day and evening festivities.

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In addition to all the free games and activities, we had a wider selection of food, more stalls and a busy daytime schedule. The line-up included local musicians, puppet shows, dancing displays, Zumba session,  Tae Kwon Do, drama display and a Punch & Judy show.

The team games proved particularly popular with everyone. The local police won the ‘Egg Toss’ game, but last years “Zumba” team failed to hold on to their ‘Tug of War’ title, which was won this year by “We’ve Pulled”.

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“We’ve Pulled” – the 2015 champions of the Tug of War competition.

The evening event was really popular again with the evening kicking off with a kid’s disco with plenty of party games (kindly run by our “yellow army” of  volunteers!).

The volunteers entertaining the kids with party games at the disco.

The volunteers entertaining the kids with party games at the disco.

All the hot food suppliers stayed for the evening along with an additional Hog Roast stall and Wellington Inflatables also stayed to keep the kids entertained.

The daytime stayed sunny and dry, but we did have a shower in the evening, however, it didn’t last long and everyone was soon up dancing again before long.

Our band—Mr Cover Lover—did a great job of catering for a wide range of musical tastes and our crowd of dancers certainly enjoyed it!

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Dancers enjoying the night!

Our volunteer bar staff were busy all night, and although there were inevitably some queues they did a great job of keeping the wait as short as possible.

Our raffle was once again very successful and huge thanks to all our sponsors for making it happen. A couple of the prizes went unclaimed so these will go in the pot for next year.

The early bird volunteer clean up crew were hard at work in the rain the next morning cleaning up the site and did a fantastic job of getting the park looking neat and tidy.

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Cleanup crew hard at work in the rain on Sunday morning.

Huge thank you to everyone who supported the event – it would not be possible without everyone getting involved.

Special thanks to:

  • 3D Security
  • All the stallholders
  • All the groups that put on displays
  • All the talented musicians
  • All the volunteers
  • All the volunteer bar staff
  • County Granite
  • Creech Baptist Church
  • Creech Gardening Club
  • Creech Shop
  • David Fothergill
  • David House & Tetton Farm
  • Don & Julie Sweeting
  • Escape (Abbey Peebles)
  • Fields in Trust
  • Gillard Transport
  • Heathfield Hair and Beauty
  • Isle Valley Vets
  • Jim Pike Electrical
  • Mill Autos
  • Monkton Elm Garden Centre
  • Neil Robertson Plumbing & Heating
  • New Mill Inn
  • Peter Coles
  • Quantock Framing
  • Riverford Fruit and Veg
  • Silvers Pantry
  • Spirit Health Club
  • Universal Marquees
  • We’re Eco
  • Wessex Water

Committee &  volunteers

Some of the organisers and volunteers.

Some of the organisers and volunteers.

Special thanks to the organising committee and volunteers who have been planning the event from the start of the year, giving up their time and expertise for free to put on a fab event.

  • Clare Sampson
  • Jo Morrison
  • Adrian Birch
  • David Knight
  • Mina Guest
  • Lindsay Ireland
  • Bev Jane
  • Jane Birch
  • Corinne Birch
  • Dee Finch
  • Thomas
  • Emma Speers

And EVERYONE who helped out with all the fetching and carrying, setting up, clearing up, tidying and cleaning on the Friday/Saturday/Sunday – your help is invaluable and very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth PIP Planning Meeting

The latest planning meeting was held on Saturday at the Recreation Park with Jo, Adrian, Clare and Mina in attendance.

Posters are now up around the village and several banners will be going up soon.  Flyers can also be found at key local businesses (vets, doctors, hairdressers).  If you would like a poster or some flyers to help advertise the event please just let us know.

Stall update:  Children’s Hospice South WestGreyhounds in NeedSUREHerbalife, Just for You, Riverford organic fruit and veg, Police Road Safety Team, Hawaiian Snow Cones are all the latest stalls to confirm they will be at the daytime event

Displays update:  Maypole/Country Dancing display from Creech school children and Mrs Dawber; a drama performance courtesy of Make Drama and Ms Day; and Tae Kwon Do demonstration with Mr Hay and his group have been added, in addition to the Zumba display already planned.

Tug of War: We will be holding a tug of war tournament with teams of 8. You can get your teams together beforehand or on the day.  The competition is open to all age groups and there will be small prizes for the winners. Please let us know your team name and we will reserve you a spot!

Egg Toss: For those of you not familiar with this fun game here’s how it works – we’ll make a long line of pairs of people facing each other in the central arena who stand about one metre apart, and a raw egg is tossed from one partner to the next. Those who catch the eggs without breaking them continue in the game, the others are out. After each successful catch, the players must take one step backward so that the tosses are longer and longer.  The last team left with an unbroken egg wins the game. There will be a small prize for the champions!

Bar & bottles: We’ll be finalising the bar order closer to the time to ensure we get the best deals available, but it has been requested that we sell wine by the bottle. We are considering this as an option, however we don’t want lots of glass bottles littering the field, so we will probably need to add a deposit on to the price to ensure the bottle gets brought back to the bar.  Your thoughts would be appreciated on this.

Cans & rubbish:  On a similar note – last year we only had cans behind the bar to avoid the danger of broken glass.  However, the next morning the field was littered with shredded cans, which was mixed in with broken straw bales.  This put the volunteers on clean up duty in real danger of a nasty cut.  To protect everyone, please put all litter in the bins provided (we will also have recycling bins this year).

Ticket update:  We’ve now sold 70% of our tickets and the event is only 4 and a bit weeks away – so buy them quick before we sell out like we did last year.

Kids disco:  The disco for the kids will be from 7pm-8pm in the Marquee.  There will be lots of dancing games and goodie bags to give out for the best dancers. Thank you to our volunteers who will be leading the way in the silly dances! Also huge thanks to Adrian Birch/Barracuda for supplying items for goodie bags – very much appreciated.

Thanks:  Huge thanks also go to the following companies for providing us with cash sponsorship, discounted services or raffle prizes, without your generosity our event could not happen.

Don’t forget it is not too late to get involved, either by volunteering to help at the event, by sponsorship or by donating a raffle prize.

Our next meeting will be held at The Recreation Park on Saturday 20th June at 10am – you will be able to purchase your Afterdark tickets form us then too.

Make a scarecrow for Party in the Park!

scarecrowCreech Gardening Club are organising a Scarecrow competition for Party in the Park this year.

It is open to everyone and you don’t need to fill in any entry forms or pay any money to enter.  There are no age categories so we hope families will make a scarecrow together and enter it in to the competition.

The theme is Nursery Ryhymes – so please create your scarecrow with this in mind.

Please bring your scarecrow – clearly labelled with your name and contact number – to the Gardening Club stall by 12.30pm at the latest.  They will then be judged and all put on display for the rest of the day so everyone can enjoy them.  You can collect your scarecrow at 4pm.

There will be prizes for the 3 best scarecrows as judged by the Gardening Club.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing all your efforts.

If you need any further details please contact the gardening club directly on 01823 442661 or 01823 443757.

Competition – share your thoughts on bar and music

We are running another competition to find out what you want to drink and what you want to dance to.

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Please let us know what you would like the bar to stock.  Did we run out of your favourite last year?  Not have something you really wanted? Should we stock different brands this year?  For info – this is what we had on offer in 2014:

  • BEER:  Boddingtons
  • LAGER: Calsberg
  • CIDER: Thatchers, Fruit Cider, Parsons Choice
  • WINE: Pinot Grigio, Merlot (Jacobs Creek), Rosé (Jacobs Creek)
  • SPIRITS: Gin & Tonic, Vodka & Coke, Pimms & Lemonade
  • SOFT DRINKS: Evian, J20, Coke, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Diet Lemonade, Fruit Shoots,
  • SNACKS: Haribo, Mars, Snickers, KitKat, Twix, Crisps, Wotsits, Quavers

Our band Mr Cover Lover are guaranteed to get you up and dancing with their wide ranging covers list – but if you have a particular favourite let us know and we’ll pass the request on to the band.

To enter the competition, simply comment on this post below or on our Facebook competition photo. Everyone who comments will be entered into a draw and a winner selected at random after the closing date of 17 May.  The winner gets 2 adult and 2 child tickets. Good luck!

Competition and application form

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Enter our comp and win tickets to the Afterdark event.

We are currently running a competition on social media to win a family ticket to the Afterdark PIP event.

All you have to do is give us your ideas and suggestions about what you would like to see at this year’s Party in the Park.

You can also enter on the website by commenting on this post.  Good luck!

Pitches in the daytime are open to all  – charities, commercial, groups, informational, food, drink, games, competitions – so if you would like a stall please  complete our PIP Application Form to secure your place.

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Sue Champion who won the family ticket to the Afterdark event. We had 16 entries.