Fete and picnic will hopefully bring people in Flackwell Heath together

Bucks Free Press: Flackwell Heath village picnic 2013 Flackwell Heath village picnic 2013

A FETE and picnic in Flackwell Heath will hopefully bring people in the community together.

The Flackwell Heath Residents Association and Community Association have jointly organised this year’s event which they say it open to all.

There will be lots of entertainment throughout the day including sports activities, games and music.

Some refreshments will be available but organisers have asked people come along with their own hamper and a blanket.

FHRA Chairman Janet Smith hopes it will be an occasion where the community comes together and people can enjoy.

She said: “We held the picnic last year and I think it went really well, a lot of people seemed to enjoy it and we just hope it will be as good this year, if not better.

“The idea originated at FHCA’s and FHRA's jointly organised quiz in October last year when we thought it would be nice to have a low key, old fashioned event and we'd try to do that by expanding on last year's FHRA's picnic.

“We have lots of things going on during the day which all involve groups from the community.

“We felt the picnic was fairly popular last year and we just want to do something people will enjoy.

“Hopefully the weather will be good for us on the day and the event will be a success.”

There will be fun and ‘have-a-go’ races on the day organised by various clubs in Flackwell Heath, including FC Minors, the tennis and bowls club as well as the golf club.

Entertainment will also be on offer throughout the afternoon. Bucks group the Mavericks will perform and music will come from John Dunsterville and XCS Reggae Soca Band.

Village groups including the History Society, the Allotments Association, Bee Keepers, Metal detectors, Temple End Vets and the Royal British Legion will also offer attractions for people at the event.

There will also be a Teddy Bear picnic and a bouncy castle on the day.

This year’s event will be held on the Recreation Ground, in Straight Bit, on Sunday, July 13.

The Fete and Picnic will run from 12pm until 4pm.

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11:12am Sun 29 Jun 14

frackellgirl says...

The fete and picnic sounds like a really good odd fashioned day out for families with young children. I hope the weather is good and everyone enjoys themselves. It is brilliant to see the playing field being used by the community for the enjoyment of everyone.
That is except for the kids who have been deprived of the much used skate/scooter park by the complaints of certain people who purchased property knowing full well it was close to the playing field.
The new Parkour equipment doesn't seem to be anywhere hear as popular as the skatepark was. The skatepark catered for pre-school and young school kids who played there on their scooters and older kids who used it for skateboarding and BMXing.
Surely there must be some old scrubby bit of land in Flackwell Heath that these youngsters could use? They don't even need expensive ramps built -they can easily make their own out of old pallets and boards. There was an excellent programme on the telly a few weeks ago, I think it was from Wrexham, showing kids doing exactly this. They were making camps, skateboard and BMX ramps out of waste wood and having a whale of a time. One young lad hit his hand with a hammer but, hey, everything in life carries a risk. He carried on - lesson learnt - bet he doesn't do it again!
There are local businesses who, I'm sure, would be happy to supply pallets and, when they are trashed, they can be used for the annual bonfire.
It these kids could have somewhere like this to play there would be fewer complaints from people living near the Budgen's carpark where some of the kids are playing now.
The fete and picnic sounds like a really good odd fashioned day out for families with young children. I hope the weather is good and everyone enjoys themselves. It is brilliant to see the playing field being used by the community for the enjoyment of everyone. That is except for the kids who have been deprived of the much used skate/scooter park by the complaints of certain people who purchased property knowing full well it was close to the playing field. The new Parkour equipment doesn't seem to be anywhere hear as popular as the skatepark was. The skatepark catered for pre-school and young school kids who played there on their scooters and older kids who used it for skateboarding and BMXing. Surely there must be some old scrubby bit of land in Flackwell Heath that these youngsters could use? They don't even need expensive ramps built -they can easily make their own out of old pallets and boards. There was an excellent programme on the telly a few weeks ago, I think it was from Wrexham, showing kids doing exactly this. They were making camps, skateboard and BMX ramps out of waste wood and having a whale of a time. One young lad hit his hand with a hammer but, hey, everything in life carries a risk. He carried on - lesson learnt - bet he doesn't do it again! There are local businesses who, I'm sure, would be happy to supply pallets and, when they are trashed, they can be used for the annual bonfire. It these kids could have somewhere like this to play there would be fewer complaints from people living near the Budgen's carpark where some of the kids are playing now. frackellgirl
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