16 September 2019
During August we held four Family Fun Days across Newark and Sherwood as part of our 100 years of council housing celebrations.
There was a fantastic turn out for each event; we would like to thank everyone who came and joined us at the events and we hope everyone had fun. Each event had the opportunity for children to get involved in a wide variety of activities, including face painting, balloon modelling, games and a charity tombola to raise money for Reach Learning Disability in Newark.
Soft play and children’s crafts were provided by Newark and Sherwood Community Hub, in addition to a lunchtime buffet with sandwiches, pork pies, fresh fruit and cream cakes offered thanks to support from event sponsors Woodhead Group, Bakkavor, Maloneys and John Palin.
Members of our Tenant’s Forum Panel were at each event to explain to tenants how they can get involved and have their say on key housing issues. A special moving exhibition titled ‘A History of Council Housing in Newark and Sherwood’ was also available to see at each event.
The sun came out for our first Fun Day, which took place on Thursday 8 August at Yew Tree Park in Ollerton and was co-hosted with Ollerton and Boughton Town Council. It included three family-friendly comedy performances thanks to a partnership with Live and Local, a not-for-profit arts organisation which manages Nottinghamshire’s rural and community touring scheme. Fairly Famous Family entertained with an act called ‘Grow Your Own’ which was full of fruit and vegetable themed juggling and comedy cookery, with opportunities for the audience to get involved.
Children also enjoyed a bouncy castle, wooden stocks and wet sponge throwing, archery and the chance to sit in a police car and fire engine.
The second event was held at The Green Community Centre in Bilsthorpe on Wednesday 14 August. Local residents and their children enjoyed crafts and music workshops, as well as the chance to look at items being offered for sale by Greener Bilsthorpe and local wood turner Tom Young. Local MP Mark Spencer also attended the celebrations.
Our third Fun Day took place at Cleveland Square Park in Newark on what was another sunny day. A special celebration cake was donated from Newark’s Davison’s Bakery in the shape of a house, which was enjoyed by everyone. The bouncy castle was busy, as was the music workshops, and the event concluded with a parade from children playing their instruments around the park.
The final Fun Day was at the Bridge Community Centre in Newark. The event was predominantly indoors, however visitors also got the chance to take part in wooden stocks and wet sponge throwing outside, as well as the chance to sit in a fire engine.