Waterside Park

9th June 2012

Were you there for the Grand Opening?
Despite the wind and the cold, a really good crowd of young and old gathered to celebrate the opening of Hanwood’s very own park on Saturday 9th June.
      Short speeches were made by Village Hall Committee Chairman Bill Longmore, and park consultant Alan Lewis, a vote of thanks and prayers said by Rev. Michael Whittock. Ali Wellings said a few words on behalf of the Youth Club, and the ribbon was cut by Maisie Dodd of Caradoc View. Also present were Jonathan Wells, Grant Officer, Liz Peel, Open Spaces Facilitator, and local councillor Roger Evans. Mavis Mansell (nee Adams), who was    Coronation Queen in 1953 was the guest of honour and arrived in a splendid classic car.
The opening also featured the first performance of the Hanwood Community Choir. The weather was not at all helpful but they gave us three spirited renditions, including ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, which was very apt for the day. We look forward to their next appearance when hopefully they will not have to battle the weather.  
A wide variety of stalls gave a lot to look at and talk about, including Bee-keeping, wood-carving and items of memorabilia. Sports were organised for all ages and a good time was had by all. Traceyjane was kept busy painting faces while the folk from St Thomas’ gave away cakes.
Matthew Burgess won the Duck Race, and quite a few ducks made a break for freedom!
Thank you to everyone who performed on stage or the sports field alongside, we all enjoyed your efforts.
As well as being under the control of the Village Hall Trust, the land is now registered with the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust. This means that it is protected from any potential development in the future and we know it will always be here for future residents of Hanwood to enjoy.
Our thanks go to the Village Hall Committee for all of the work done on this project. Give them your support by volunteering to help maintain the park.


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