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.

 

 

 

 

 

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?