April 2014 ....

ANOTHER BUSY MONTH FOR THE FoEP!

April has been a particularly busy month for the Friends of Eastfield Park with our ‘Spring Clean’ of the Park on 12th April, our Easter@Eastfield family fun afternoon on Easter Sunday (20th April) and our regular short litter picking activities every other week, usually on Fridays.

Despite some rather damp weather, the Easter fun afternoon was well attended and one of our most successful yet. Funding from three local Borough Councillors enabled us to hire a bouncy castle and pay for Play Rangers (Northampton Leisure Trust) to organise children’s games. St. Alban’s Anglican Church and Broadmead Baptist Church provided craft activities for children and the FoEP organised the usual Easter Trail for older children, an Egg Hunt for younger kids and tombola for adults. Friends from Guide Dogs for the Blind helped the event along with a cake stall and the biggest guide dog ever seen!

The main aim of the event was to provide fun and entertainment for local families while stimulating an interest in the Park and raising the profile of the Friends. All children’s activities were provided free of charge but parents were invited to make a donation to our chosen charity: this year, Guide Dogs for the Blind. Along with proceeds from the tombola and the cake stall the event raised £217.62 for that good cause.

The ‘Spring Clean’ on 12th April was also reasonably well attended, though more volunteers are always welcome. A brief report of the ‘Spring Clean’ is on our Facebook page and a longer report (pdf format) can be downloaded from our ‘Downloads’ page.

The biggest guide dog in the world!
Prizes for everyone!
Cricket

Biggest Guide Dog in the World

Prizes for Everyone!

Cricket with Play Rangers

A number of other photographs of the event are displayed via 'Events & Activities' under 'Photos' on the menu.

Thank You!

The Easter@Eastfield event was supported from the NBC Councillor Community Fund sponsored by Councillors Anna King, Matthew Lynch and Mike Hallam. Prizes were provided by the Bushland Road Co-op, Rothwall Convenience Store in Broadmead Avenue, Wilkinson Store in Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Morrison’s Supermarket in Kettering Road, and members of Broadmead Baptist Church.

The FoEP has also received a grant of £950 from the NCC Councillor Empowerment Fund, supported by Councillors Arthur McCutcheon and Mike Hallam, to support our conservation work in the Park. A large part of this grant will be used to purchase a brush cutter & grass trimmer with associated health & safety equipment.

The FoEP would like to thank these people and businesses for their support. Thanks, too, to all those volunteers who continue to help us make a difference to our beautiful park!

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