April saw Piper Hall once again the focus of a CREST organised event. The Spring Fun Event saw almost 50 CRE parents and children enjoy a rare spell of sunshine whilst also participating in a variety of activities.
These included an estate quiz, won by Joshua Parry of Willingham Way, a competition to design the 2008 Fun Day poster won by brothers Rivan and Dilan Kader plus a hugely successful 'Pot a Plant' session , during which youngsters were helped and encouraged to create their own pot plant creations using equipment that was largely donated by Homebase. The few remaining seedlings were planted by volunteers including local Cllrs Sheila Griffin and Penny Shelton in the containers located outside Tadlow – given the amount of rain we have had residents can expect a spectacular showing this summer! Other popular activities included face painting, cookie decorating and an 'arts and crafts; table. Indeed, the event was so popular that many of our young residents had starring roles in all of the local newspapers! The committee was delighted to note that we were able to welcome families living on Cambridge Gardens – it has always been our aim to cater for both sides of the road!
The 25th January saw almost 80 residents converge on Piper Hall on the Cambridge Road Estates for a Food Feast. This was an event co-organised by CAP, CREST and Refugee Action and saw a wonderful display of foods donated representing foods from countries such as Somalia, India, Italy, Greece, Ireland, England, Pakistan, Arabia, Morocco, Afganistan and many other countries.
For just £1 per person, young an old were able to help themselves to a kalaiedescope of cuisines backed up by enough salads, breads and desserts to satisfy even the hungriest of partcipants. In addition to sampling foods, those present were lucky enough to witness a variety of cultural entertainment – Indian dancing, singing and other such delights were enjoyed by all.
An added bonus was the inter-cultural friendships made over lunch. People young and old swapped tales and gossiped in the time honoured fashion.
It was a little disappointing after all the hard work and planning that the turn out was not as good as we hoped for. However, on the positive side, we welcomed a couple more volunteers, cleared out the garage a bit and raised funds largely thanks to the efforts of Denise and Des with the Giant Teddy Raffle.
Last, but not least we worked as a team – between us we had fun on what could have been a pretty rotten day - well I did !
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