Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Weekend - 10th-12th June, 2016
Reedham Children’s Trust came up with the idea of a Neighbourhood Party, with the aim of getting as many people as possible from the local community to join them and help celebrate the Reedham Children’s Trust Patron, the Queen’s 90th Birthday as a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Many residents commented that they often walked or drove past the Trust’s offices, and always wondered about its history and present-day activities. The party has given the Trust an opportunity to connect with neighbours and community groups, and provided the Trust with a platform for future partnerships and activities. Here is how the weekend unfolded:
Westfield & Hammerson Community Day
Six volunteers from Westfield & Hammerson, together with staff and volunteers from Reedham Children’s Trust worked hard in the Reedham Garden in preparation for the Neighbourhood Party. Tasks included cutting back brambles, weeding, planting shrubs and flowers.
Steve Yewman, Development Director at Westfield commented: “Staff Community Days provide an excellent opportunity for people from all areas of the business to work together and giving something back to the community and Reedham Chidren’s Trust is a great local Charity in Croydon which we are very happy to support”.
The Community Day kicked-off our Patron’s Lunch weekend of activities – the team couldn’t resist a photo opportunity with Her Majesty the
Volunteers arrived early to set up gazebos, trestle tables, stalls, displays, tea tent, BBQ, candy floss stall and the all important bunting!
Direct sponsorship from The Croydon Partnership, local businesses and in-kind donations enabled the Trust to provide free children’s activities, tea, coffee and cakes, together with serving sausages at the BBQ for a small charge. With raffle ticket sales, candy floss, tombola, Ann’s cupcakes, and donations the event raised £1,300!
A number of community groups supported our event: St Barnabas Church, ran the Messy Church and super Tombola stall, North West Clogg Morris Dancers performed, together with stalls run by 21st Purley Scouts, Friends of Foxley Common + Croydon Bee Keepers. The Trusts local resident’s associations in Reedham Drive, Hartley & District and Old Coulsdon came together and provided help with publicising the event and also volunteered their services on the day.
Mayor Wayne-Trakas Lawlor and Consort supported our event, visiting various stalls and choosing the best pictures of Her Majesty by children who attend Beaumont Primary School. A visit from Purley Fire Brigade - children enjoyed a demo of fire equipment and sat in the fire engine.