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.

snake

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!

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.

bake off competition flyer

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)

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.

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.