Southey Park's Friends step up

September 24 2019

All the fun of the fair at Southey Park's fundraiser.

All the fun of the fair at Southey Park's fundraiser

THEY might have only been formed recently but the Friends of Southey Park certainly know how to organise a good bash.

Their summer fun day on August 4 proved a massive hit with young and old alike.

There was a range of stalls and activities as well as a DJ who kept visitors entertained with their favourite tunes.

The fair was well supported by local charities, police and Avon Fire and Rescue who all turned up to join in the fun.

Lees Hill Pre-school, based at New Cheltenham Community Centre, even had their own stall with all profits going back into the provision.

Resident and grandfather Don Jones proved a real star after making a popular wooden snail game so that his grandchildren Harrison and Elsie could raise funds for the park.

Friends member Tina Sheppard said: “We managed to raise a whopping £834 which will go back into the park to improve its facilities, appearance and go towards our gardening club which is starting in September. The Friends would like to thank the community for coming together and making this year's fun day a huge success.” 

Tina said the Friends were really gaining momentum and the park was looking forward to a bright future.

She said: “Karen Tape, who is a committee member, has been successful in winning a grant which will allow us to site new recycling bins in the park, one designated for the skate park to help combat the rubbish. We will also be installing notice boards at the entrance to the park within the next few months. 

“We are working hard with the help of the council, football club and local community to improve the area and would like to thank everyone for their support.”

*The Friends first community gardening group takes place on Wednesday September 11 at 6.30pm outside the football club based at the park. The group is for anyone who would like to help improve the appearance of the park, meet new friends and learn new skills. All welcome.

They will also hold a litter pick on Saturday September 14. Volunteers should meet at the football club at 10.30am.