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.

PIP2015 – a fab day and night!

This year Party in the Park was bigger and better than ever with hundreds of people of all ages enjoying both the day and evening festivities.

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In addition to all the free games and activities, we had a wider selection of food, more stalls and a busy daytime schedule. The line-up included local musicians, puppet shows, dancing displays, Zumba session,  Tae Kwon Do, drama display and a Punch & Judy show.

The team games proved particularly popular with everyone. The local police won the ‘Egg Toss’ game, but last years “Zumba” team failed to hold on to their ‘Tug of War’ title, which was won this year by “We’ve Pulled”.

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“We’ve Pulled” – the 2015 champions of the Tug of War competition.

The evening event was really popular again with the evening kicking off with a kid’s disco with plenty of party games (kindly run by our “yellow army” of  volunteers!).

The volunteers entertaining the kids with party games at the disco.

The volunteers entertaining the kids with party games at the disco.

All the hot food suppliers stayed for the evening along with an additional Hog Roast stall and Wellington Inflatables also stayed to keep the kids entertained.

The daytime stayed sunny and dry, but we did have a shower in the evening, however, it didn’t last long and everyone was soon up dancing again before long.

Our band—Mr Cover Lover—did a great job of catering for a wide range of musical tastes and our crowd of dancers certainly enjoyed it!

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Dancers enjoying the night!

Our volunteer bar staff were busy all night, and although there were inevitably some queues they did a great job of keeping the wait as short as possible.

Our raffle was once again very successful and huge thanks to all our sponsors for making it happen. A couple of the prizes went unclaimed so these will go in the pot for next year.

The early bird volunteer clean up crew were hard at work in the rain the next morning cleaning up the site and did a fantastic job of getting the park looking neat and tidy.

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Cleanup crew hard at work in the rain on Sunday morning.

Huge thank you to everyone who supported the event – it would not be possible without everyone getting involved.

Special thanks to:

  • 3D Security
  • All the stallholders
  • All the groups that put on displays
  • All the talented musicians
  • All the volunteers
  • All the volunteer bar staff
  • County Granite
  • Creech Baptist Church
  • Creech Gardening Club
  • Creech Shop
  • David Fothergill
  • David House & Tetton Farm
  • Don & Julie Sweeting
  • Escape (Abbey Peebles)
  • Fields in Trust
  • Gillard Transport
  • Heathfield Hair and Beauty
  • Isle Valley Vets
  • Jim Pike Electrical
  • Mill Autos
  • Monkton Elm Garden Centre
  • Neil Robertson Plumbing & Heating
  • New Mill Inn
  • Peter Coles
  • Quantock Framing
  • Riverford Fruit and Veg
  • Silvers Pantry
  • Spirit Health Club
  • Universal Marquees
  • We’re Eco
  • Wessex Water

Committee &  volunteers

Some of the organisers and volunteers.

Some of the organisers and volunteers.

Special thanks to the organising committee and volunteers who have been planning the event from the start of the year, giving up their time and expertise for free to put on a fab event.

  • Clare Sampson
  • Jo Morrison
  • Adrian Birch
  • David Knight
  • Mina Guest
  • Lindsay Ireland
  • Bev Jane
  • Jane Birch
  • Corinne Birch
  • Dee Finch
  • Thomas
  • Emma Speers

And EVERYONE who helped out with all the fetching and carrying, setting up, clearing up, tidying and cleaning on the Friday/Saturday/Sunday – your help is invaluable and very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

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.