Big Local - Picnic in the Park

Published on 11th August 2015

Adults and children in front of a brightly coloured bouncy castle

- Saturday 15 August, 12pm – 4pm - Elmfield Park

Join Big Local for a lovely day in Elmfield Park with lots for the local community to take part in. There will be soft play, a bouncy castle, face-painting and mask-making with the Everyman Theatre. Affordable activities will also include cake sales, a tombola and a ‘beat the goalie’ challenge run by local residents taking part in the Big Local £10 Challenge (inspired by Young Enterprise national ‘tenner’ Challenge).

Picnic in the Park will take place this Saturday (15 August) from 12pm-4pm. The event will celebrate the laying of a new path in Elmfield Park which has been funded by Big Local. It is open to residents of St Peters & the Moors and well-wishers, so come along and see what the community has to offer.

Naif Pierre, Big Local project coordinator, says: “The event aims to develop a community of supportive neighbours. It will give residents the opportunity to make decisions on how to shape their local area. Through our Big Local Listening Campaign – ‘1000 Conversations’, residents can also directly influence how to make St. Peter’s & the Moors a better place to live with more things to do and places to go.

“We hope that local residents can take some time out to come along to have some fun and meet their neighbours.”

Cllr John Rawson, cabinet member for finance, says: “It promises to be a really enjoyable way of bringing the whole community together and showing how the Big Local, working with residents, can improve the lives of people in this part of Cheltenham."

Big Local would also like to thank local residents, Gardner’s Lane Children’s Centre, The Rock (Youth work charity) and local businesses such as Greggs, The Butterfly Garden and local business connector Caroline Bell, seconded from Lloyds TSB for supporting Big Local events.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the Picnic in the Park event will be held with reduced activity in Gardner’s Lane Children’s Centre.

For more information on Big Local and their Listening Campaign visit the Big Local website.  


For press enquires contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes
'Big Local' is a National Lottery funded project run by the Local Trust. The trust has identified 150 areas in England. Each of these areas will receive £1 million to spend within 10 years on lasting, positive improvements which will benefit the area and lives of local residents. The project is resident-led, so it is up to communities to work together to decide how the money should be spent.

The desired outcomes of the project are:
- Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
- People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
- The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
- People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.

Where is the Big Local Area?
The St Peter’s and The Moors area of Cheltenham was selected as a Big Local area in December 2012.  Anybody who lives, works, volunteers or goes to school in this area is welcome to be part of this project.

If you are interested in getting involved in Big Local please contact us:
Website: http://www.sptm.org.uk/. Twitter: @CheltBigLocal. Facebook: Cheltenham Big Local
Email: sptmbiglocal@gmail.com Work  Tel: Dan Millin or Naif Pierre 01242 700700