‘The spirit of friendship has really shone though’

The second annual Greasley Gathering, which took place on Bank Holiday Monday, has been described as a briliant community event by locals who took part.

Months of pre-planning and preparation paid handsome dividends and there was never a dull moment at the funpacked spectacular.

Brookhill Leys Infant School hold a scarecrow competition as they have been invited to take part in the Greasley gathering.

Brookhill Leys Infant School hold a scarecrow competition as they have been invited to take part in the Greasley gathering.

The event attracted interest all over the community, from its base at Greasley Parish Hall and Greasley Sports Centre.

There was a rousing reception from the Samba Band, Broxtowe’s new mayor P Stan Heptinstall officially opened the event which had a variety of different activities for people to take part in.

Included were arts and crafts, choir singing, face painting, circus workshops and a petting zoo.

Event organisers Paul Tordoff and Rita Pickering said they were delighted at the support they received.

Rita added: “The brilliant publicity provided by the Advertiser helped our cause and there was no doubt that this event is here to stay.

“The spirit of friendship and camaraderie has shone through and both the old and young at heart had a wonderful time.”

Traditional red London busses were on hand to transport visitors from the main venues in close proximity where local pubs provided welcoming hospitality.

The Mayor Cllr Heptinstall said that the efforts made by the organisers had paid dividends and the community response had been admirable.

He added: “There is no doubt that they have worked their socks off to make the event a success.”

Amongst a myriad of highlights throughout the day was a spectacle by the English school of Falconry, a show by Millie the wonder dog, and a performance by the Eastwood Community Choir conducted by Charlotte Bullock.

Members of Greasley St Mary’s Church also took part as they showcased their work as part of the event with an open day and craft fair.

Also on offer during the bank holiday weekend was the Underwood Scarecrow Festival, Beauvale Manor Farm and Beauvale Priory.

This years Greasley Gathering was the second of it’s kind, after it was started by the organisers last year.

Local and national businesses also contributed prizes for the day, which initially started at 7.3oam with people invited to go for breakfast and a walk at the Beauvale Priory Tearooms.

Between 10.00am and 3.30pm people were able to take part in activities at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre, with events also being held in different locations throughout the parish.

Pub hospitality for the day began at 12.00 noon where more activities were on offer.