Knutsford Over Ward Fun Day: Smiles All Round!
This year the event was organised by new residents’ and partners’ group ‘Community Spirit’ – with Cllr. Olivia Hunter as Chair and local resident Andrew Hurdsfield coordinating the day as Events Officer.
Local resident Rowena Wilson opened proceedings, in recognition of her community work. The main arena then saw live music and dancing from a range of performers, from a band of firemen to Jive Band ‘G.I.Jive’ and local DJ ‘2am’. Then African drumming workshops, local line dancing displays and Linda Marshall’s Mamma Mia Abba workout group all showcased their talents.
Children’s activities included a sports day run by the East Cheshire Sports Development and Play Officers team, a bouncy castle, jousting, bouncy slide, sumo suits, climbing wall and a treasure hunt run by Manchester Methodist Housing Association. The fire service and Manchester Airport provided information and the chance for children to explore their fire fighting vehicles, whilst the transport police also got involved, signposting their services. Also showcasing their wares were Down To Earth, with an omelette making competition to promote their message of healthy eating and ‘growing your own’.
The dog show was back with a vengeance this year, with a beautiful local husky pup scooping Best in Show. Lunch was subsidised for residents, with roast pork sandwiches on offer and a salad bar provided by the Welcome Café. The Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Tony Want closed the day, with a prizegiving and the raffle draw (all prizes donated by local Knutsford businesses and kindly collected by Knutsford Neighbourhood Policing Unit) and congratulated all those involved in making the day happen.
Andrew Hurdsfield talked of how he enjoyed the experience of co-ordinating the event, from bringing in the funding to the practicalities of the day:
“I have really enjoyed the whole experience of it. The children’s faces make it all worthwhile – there is so much for them to do and they are so happy.”
Staggeringly, over 30 organisations were involved in funding and supporting the event:
Knutsford Town Council, Knutsford Lions, The Welcome Café, Cheshire East Council, Knutsford Neighbourhood Policing Unit, Down to Earth, Toft Road Surgery, Annandale Surgery, The Falcon Bearer, Sheldon’s Dairies, Robert’s Bakery, Manchester Methodist Housing Association, Manchester Airport, Barclays, Richardsons’ Projects, Crudens, Cllr. Olivia Hunter, Community Bingo, your local councillors, ‘Seeing is Believing’, Cheshire Fire & Rescue and various stallholders.
Community Spirit would like to say a big thank you to all those involved.