An annual community fun day was launched in Greasley on Bank Holiday Monday.
A committee of Greasley parish councillors and local residents organised the first ever ‘Greasley Gathering’ after seeing how successful the local Diamond Jubilee celebrations were back in April 2012.
Councillors said it was an ‘enormous success’ and hope to make it an annual event.
Co-orindated by Rita Pickering and Andrew Marshall, the event was opened by professor Stan Heptinstall, the deputy mayor of Broxtowe.
There was a vast programme of entertainment for all members of the family, embracing Greasley, Moorgreen and Beauvale, and providing opportunities for both adults and kids.
There was an all-day Scouts adventure camp sited at Greasley Castle Farm, a pony club gathering at Beauvale Manor Farm, Greasley Church’s open day and fair, and a scarecrow festival at Moorgreen.
At the Greasley Sports Centre there was a clown and magician for the kids, craft lessons, a DH Lawrence workshop and display, a dance display by pupils at Eastwood Comprehensive School and a brilliant performance by Watnall’s wonder dog Millie.
Outdoors there was a falconry display, a walk from Beauvale Priory, circus workshops, soccer coaching, model cars and a red London tour bus to take people between the local pubs, which were hosting a variety of festivals, concerts and barbecues.
Event co-ordinator Rita said: “We are pleased at the success of this first Greasley Gathering, which we hope will be an ongoing event bringing together the people of the parish and showcasing all that is good about out community.”
The chairman of the event Maureen Barry said: “We decided to get a group of people together and organise something after the success of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It just went so well and we thought it was a great to get the community together again, and make it something more regular.
“I think it went very well, so we’re pleased.”
The Greasley Gathering committee is now looking for more ideas and input for next year’s event and would love to hear from residents interested in helping.
For more information call Maureen on 01773 719176.