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!
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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 – 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.

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!).

Third PIP Planning Meeting

Another planning meeting took place tonight at The Bell with Jo, David, Jane, Audrey and Simon in attendance – huge thankyou to the new faces!

The biggest priority at the moment is getting other people to commit to helping out either before, during or after the event. We urgently need your support – even if you can just spare an hour of your time it will really help us. Unfortunately if enough volunteers do not come forward the event is in real danger of being cancelled as we simply can not do everything ourselves. Please see the previous “volunteers needed” post for more details on what we need help with.

We are also short of demonstrations for the central arena in the daytime – do you know anyone with a club/society that would like to put on a short (20mins) display? If so, please get in touch.

The DJ for the kids disco is now confirmed; all electrical items such as generators and lights are booked via Brandons, and you will be pleased to know we have bigger and better toilet blocks ordered for this year.

We are aiming to start selling tickets for the Afterdark event within the next few weeks, and if previous years are any indication there will be a high demand for them so please buy early to avoid disappointment.

An idea that has been suggested is a Children’s Talent Show – we would love to have your views on this. Would it work? Would there be enough interest? Please comment on here or message us.

The date of next meeting Wednesday 6th May, 7.30pm, The Bell Inn.

First PIP Planning Meeting 2015

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Our blank canvas, what will we do this year…

We had our first planning meeting tonight with Jo Morrison, Clare Sampson, David Knight and Adrian Birch in attendance.

Unfortunately we were a bit late sharing the date of the meeting with those that have been kind enough to offer their help, hopefully we will have more people come along next time.

First things first – the date has been agreed for SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 so put it in your diary now!  Tentative timings are 12-4pm and 7pm-late.  We are aiming to follow a similar format to last year, with fun family orientated activities in the day, followed by a band, bar, disco and food in the evening. We are also hoping to book a comedian to fill the gap the band leaves when they take their break.

We will be selling wristbands instead of tickets this year to cut down on time at the gate – we’ll advertise when tickets will be going on sale.

We are aware parking was an issue for some people last year and we are looking at ways to ease the pressure on local roads (although we would urge people not to drive to the event).

We discussed lots of new ideas to try to incorporate too including: Talent competition, open mic, petting zoo, street entertainers, cartoonist, stocks, medieval reenactment displays etc.  Obviously we won’t be able to have everything but please let us know in the comments below what you would like to see in the day or evening.

How can you help?

There are lots of ways to get involved, including:

  • Join the organising group and come along to planning meetings
  • Volunteer some time to help out before or on the day
  • If you own a business can you supply a service/cash/raffle prize?
  • Can you ask your employer for a service/cash/raffle prize?
  • Can you recommend any bands/entertainers/comedians/display?
  • Would you like a stall or know anyone who would?
  • Can you help publicise by putting up a poster or sharing on social media?
  • Would your charity or local organisation like a stall?