Kingsdown may not have precise boundaries these days but it does have strong local communities. For many good reasons the events that celebrated and brought those together have rather fallen away even before Lockdown – they can be hard to sustain.
A few us wondered if the Jubilee weekend was an opportunity to enjoy those communities, to renew old friendships and make new and it was soon clear that many would welcome an event. Some saw it as a Jubilee celebration others as primarily a community celebration, but all were keen to engage.
A lunch was the original focus but a fancy dress parade with a band, some stalls, music and children games soon seemed good components.
Closing the roads was requested and notices acquired but could we find enough tables – for an unknown number and indeed would there be enough children for the fancy dress parade ?
As the weather forecast turned from sun to possible rain we secured a number of gazebos. In the event optimism proved well founded. Lots of children – and adults – in the fancy dress parade with a great band; beautifully decorated tables well used for lunch; busy stalls including the much loved Whack the Rat (and Catch the Carrot ); lots of enjoyable music including the singing of the Kingsdown song and many teas were served with delicious cakes.
It was a happy day and with lots of communication (and the rain only started as we were finishing !)
The event raised over £1600, for the British Red Cross Ukrainian appeal. David Mellor