This month Lansdowne Church held its first ever Community Fun Day! It was held in one of our new locations ‘Woodbury Avenue’ to introduce ourselves to our new communities of Strouden Park, Townsend and Queens Park. In addition we aimed to raise much needed funds for the Townsend Children’s project, who provide an exciting program of activities as well as meals for local children.
On Saturday 11st September a vast array of stalls and games were positioned in and around the church building. It was such a pleasure to spend time in the church garden where inflatables, a coconut shy, sumo wrestling and face painting were amongst the activities on offer. The sun shone and the smell of a BBQ helped draw many (including the local constabulary!) into the fun. Bournemouth mayor Cllr John Adams cut the ribbon on the occasion, and even had a photo taken with Rev Peter Baker in our novelty photo booth!
A popular feature was the Second Hand Book stall where there was something for everyone including Children’s books, Fiction, Christian and Non fiction. Many went away, arms loaded, with reading matter for the Autumn!
The smallest guests appreciated the large soft play area, musical instruments and biscuit decorating. For those with lots of energy and bounce, a challenging inflatable obstacle course was available to compliment the bouncy jousting and Sumo wrestling! Tom Davenport was like the Pied Piper with children following him around requesting his balloon models!
But for those wanting a more sedate afternoon the cafe area and cake stall were most inviting! Jake Perrins and Kezia Navey featured on our live stage, entertaining those enjoying cream teas and cakes. The afternoon ended with a prize giving, and on Sunday we were thrilled to present a cheque for over £700 to the Townsend Children’s project.
Feedback on the day has been enormously encouraging. Thanks so much to everyone who helped or came along. We’re already being asked when we are holding the next one!