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.

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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!

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.

Sponsorship needed!

Sponsorship is urgently needed by local businesses.  Can you help support our event with cash, raffle prizes or services?

Creech Party in the Park won a national award last year from Fields in Trust for the “Best Have a Field Day” event, which raised our profile so we are expecting another very successful event in 2016.

Our not-for-profit event costs over £4500 to put on, and is only possible with the generous involvement of the local community. There are several ways to get involved with our event and we would of course offer you great publicity in return.

 

Cash sponsorship

We always need more cash! You could donate any amount, or directly sponsor an amenity/activity, by paying for its total cost.  Examples below cost between £100-£1350:

  • Evening band
  • Toilet block
  • Marquee
  • Petting farm
  • Daytime band
  • Segways
  • Playbus
  • PA System
  • Gladiator jousting
  • Kid’s disco
  • Punch & Judy
  • Magician

Many of the above include VAT which may be able to be claimed back by companies.

In return we could offer your company publicity via all our channels:  banners (you supply) on fence and around sponsored activity, stall at event, leaflets on tables, thankyou posters at event, your company logo on poster, Facebook, Twitter, Website, Blog and complimentary tickets to AfterDark event.

Raffle prizes

We would welcome all donations for our raffle.  In return we could offer you publicity on our website and social media channels.

Free services

If your business can assist us in any other way – such as offering free or reduced services, then we would love to talk to you and give you suitable publicity in return.

Please contact us if you can help support our award winning event.

PIP16 – 2nd Planning Meeting

The 2nd PIP planning meeting was held last week.  The committee members (Clare, Jo, Adrian, David, Steve and Abbey)  were joined by volunteers Emma Speers, Bev Lewis, Bev Jane, Colin & Gemma Hodges and Ricky and Rory from RDV Film. It was great to see so many new faces.

Lots of actions, issues and ideas were discussed including:

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Groov-a-licious will be playing this year. They last entertained us back in 2014.

Music:  Groove-a-licious are confirmed as our headline act. Levi and the Bean are the support act. There will also be a kids disco before the bands start.

Tickets: Confirmed ticket prices will be £4 for adults and £1 for children aged 4 and over. Children aged 3 and under are free.

Activities: Gladiator Jousting is confirmed for both day and night, and best of all it will be FREE!  We hope to organise a friendly competition to find out who will be the Creech Champion!  Adrian Birch and his company Barracuda-UK has very kindly purchased a Tug of War rope for Party in the Park – thank you! Emma Speers will be doing Facepainting to raise funds for PIP,   thank you Emma!

Animals: confirmed we will have donkey rides again this year.

Promotion:  RDV have very kindly offered to produce a promotional film of the event – thankyou!

Raffle Prizes:  So far prizes have been offered from Spirit Health Club, L & R Autosolutions and Pioneer Window Cleaning.

Stalls: Previous stallholders will be contacted shortly about attending again this year.  Hot food vendors need to tender for a pitch this year.  Pre-school will once again run a cream tea and cake stall.

Our next meeting will take place on THURSDAY 17 MARCH, 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.

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.