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.

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.

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.