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 – 4th Planning Meeting

The 4th Party in the Park planning meeting was held on 13 April with Jo Morrison, Clare Sampson, Adrian Birch, David Knight, Steve Greenhalgh, Bev Jane, Dee Finch, Bev Lewis and Simon Hutchings in attendance.

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Donkey RIdes have been booked again for this year.

Lots of ideas and actions were discussed, including:

Tickets:  Will be printing the tickets ASAP and start selling by May at the latest.  We will announce on the website and social media when tickets are going on sale.

Booked:  Confirmed all the following have been booked – Donkey Rides, Police van, lighting and generators, Minion characters, DJ.

Raffle update:  Lots of great prizes coming in.  Top prizes will be balloon flight, Vitamix and £100 cash. We will also be selling raffle tickets prior to the event this year.

Food Tenders:  Adrian has contacted the winning bid vendors, they need to respond by end of April to confirm attendance.   We’ll then let everyone know all the lovely food on offer.

Bar:  The refrigerated van we planned to use to help chill drinks has fallen though so we need to source another – can any of our readers help out?

Bake Off:  Bev J and Izzy are working on this. It will be a “Space” themed and there will be adults and child categories. A zorbing party has been sourced as one of the prizes.

Fizzpop Science:  Dee has been in touch with this company that does science shows and workshops for kids. Everyone agreed this sounds like a great idea so will book them.

Crafting:  Dee and Bev J will run a free junk modelling craft activity for kids with a space theme to tie in with the Bake Off.

Playbus:  Agreed to fund playbus so we can offer it as another free activity for the daytime. It has a soft play area inside for youngsters plus a karaoke machine and games at other end for older kids.

Charity:  Discussed what we would like to spend profit on. Several ideas on good causes within the community were suggested. See the What Good Cause Should We Support? post for full details.

NEXT MEETING: Thursday 12 May, 8pm, The Bell Inn – everybody welcome.

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.

PIP shortlisted for an award!

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Winning ToW team modelling their FIT t-shirts and medals!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Party in the Park has been shortlisted for an award.

We have been nominated in the Fields in Trust (FIT) awards.  FIT protect open spaces all across the country. From sports pitches to children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails to country parks, FIT make sure that all kinds of outdoor spaces are safeguarded forever. Creech Recreation Park is one of these protected places and FIT supplied us with a box of goodies for the day – including the T-shirts and medals the winning Tug of War team are modelling above!

The category we are shortlisted in is Best Have a Field Day on a Fields in Trust site.  The awards ceremony takes place at Lords Cricket Ground in London on 2nd December and Mina Guest and Jo Morrison from the organising committee will be attending the event.

We will let you know if we win!

We’d like to once again thank all our supporters, volunteers, committee members and sponsors for helping us put on such an amazing event that is truly worthy of an award.

Some of the organisers and volunteers.

Some of the organisers and volunteers.

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.

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.

Food, glorious food!

We are pleased to confirm that we will have a range of hot and cold food on offer at Party in the Park 2015. Gourmet burgers, fish and chips, baked goods and ice cream will all be on offer from commercial vendors throughout the day and evening. Vegetarian options will be available.

Great Tastes

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Delicious burgers from Great Tastes

Great Tastes were with us during the day in 2014 and are back again this year all day and night offering delicious, quality, speciality burgers.  Their burgers are made by a butcher in Dorset using meat sourced as locally as possible and includes:

  • Wild boar
  • Buffalo
  • Venison with buffalo
  • Lamb
  • Beef

Burgers are served in baps made by an artisan baker near Bruton with locally made chutneys and a Somerset cheese slice.

Find out more at:  www.greattastes.co.uk

Barry the Baker

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Mouthwatering baked goods from Barry the Baker

Having supported the event for the past 2 years, and local to Creech, Barry the Baker will be providing a selection of quality baked products, using traditional methods of baking.

Freshly made sandwiches, filled rolls, savouries and cakes will be available at the daytime and Afterdark event.

Find out more at:  www.barrythebaker.co.uk

Nippy Chippy

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Tasty fish and chips from Nippy Chippy

Another local food provider, the Nippy Chippy will be around at the day and nightime event and offering a delicious choice of traditional fried dishes including fish and chips.

The Nippy Chippy was with us at the 2013 daytime event and we are delighted they are back again this year.

Find out more at: www.facebook.com/nippy.chippy.37

Alfies Ices

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Yummy ice creams.

Back for a third year, Alfies Ices will be providing thirst quenching and delicious ice creams  and drinks throughout the day and night.

Find out more at: www.alfiesices.co.uk

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!

 

Sponsors, stalls and displays update

Huge thankyou to Gillards Transport for once again providing a lorry (free of charge) to use as the stage. This made a massive difference to the success of the event last year as it meant there was plenty of space to see the band and room to dance!

Stand Against Speed

Stand Against Speed 4 Bethany

New for this year is local charity Stand Against Speed which will have little cars for children to enjoy while raising funds to educate 17-24 year olds on the dangers of speeding.

Willows of Somerset will be providing a delicious hamper of goodies and Neil Robertson Plumbing will be providing a boiler service for the raffle. Forever Living will have a stall selling a range of Aloe Vera products.

We’re Eco are once again providing us with a smaller stage area for inside the marquee and will also have a stall selling their handcrafted goods made of recycled wood.

Our local Gardening Club will have a stall selling plants, talented villager Emma Speers will be painting faces and Charlotte Bly will once again get the crowd involved in a Zumba display in the central arena.