Community fun day is success

ndet 99024 Arena Church Fun Day At Cotmanhay. Jacob Glass and Leonnie Mangam having fun with paint.
ndet 99024 Arena Church Fun Day At Cotmanhay. Jacob Glass and Leonnie Mangam having fun with paint.

MORE than 100 volunteers pitched in and helped out with a community project over the weekend designed to form links with people living in Cotmanhay and Ilkeston’s Arena Church.

The Big Idea, organised by husband and wife team Leonnie and Chris Mangan, saw 110 community volunteers carry out DIY work and run a children’s fun day over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Leonnie said: “We were so pleased with how everything went and the community were too.

“Our slogan for the whole project was Bringing Hope to the Community of Cotmanhay and we definitely feel like we did that.”

A team of designers and handy people set about transforming Cotmanhay residents’ living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens as well as making over thie gardens as part of the project.

Leonnie explained: “Through the Arena’s Food Bank we were able to identify people who needed our help with home improvements and we sent out flyers so people could let us know where our help was needed.

“We got new furniture from our furniture bank and our volunteers painted, planted and carried out all sorts of jobs to help improve the links between the community and the church.”

Church volunteers visited schools all last week to let them know about the weekend’s events.

The project began on Friday night with a pamper evening for teenage girls, more than 100 turned up to enjoy free beauty treatments and goodie bags.

On Saturday the event hosted a childrens’ fun day which saw hundreds of people turn up at the Beauvale Drive field to enjoy circus skills workshops, face painting, sports coaches, bouncy castles and a free picninc for families.

The newly appointed Mayor of Erewash, Cllr Jennifer Hulls, and the Erewash MP Jessica Lee also joined the fun.

Leonnie said: “We will definitely be running the event again next year. “It was a great success and everyone involved enjoyed it.”