Music in the Park

OK it might not be Glastonbury but for Tottington it is fast becoming a summer favourite for thousands of people who this year were able to enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment in the sunshine. Whitehead Gardens was packed for most of the afternoon and I know that so many of the small charities and organisations represented at the various stalls were delighted with the attendance and all were able to raise funds for their respective organisations. This really is the Big Society in action. No public subsidy, no private companies making any profit [ not that there is anything wrong with either of those things in the right circumstances!] just a group of individuals getting together to do good. I particularly want to thank the local authority for allowing the road to be closed and for the police and fire services for their continued support.

Music in the Park

One of the acts appearing for the first time were Fallen Angels from Bolton

On Sunday thousands of people came out to support the annual Music in the Park event in Whitehead Gardens Tottington. When we started to set up early on Sunday morning it was cold and there were very dark clouds overhead. It did not look good. As it was the weather improved as the day went on and I am pleased to that the event was a great success. Lots of local organisations and charities benefit from having stalls and it is a free event that really brings the village together. I appreciate that many people including local residents are inconvenienced by the road being closed off for the afternoon but I think for once in the year it is something that can be accepted.

Music in the Park 2009

David helping out at Music in the Park '09

David helping out at Music in the Park '09

Yesterday saw the biggest Music in the Park yet held at Whitehead Gardens with eight live performers covering a wide range of musical tastes. Brass band, choir, samba, steel band, folk and rock – there really was something for everyone.

I spent most of the time helping on the bar where as we rapidly ran out of the excellent real ale supplied by Bank Top Brewery we had to make frequent topping up trips!

It is a long day twelve hours from start to finish but it is great to see so many people coing along to join in a real community event. Everyone who attended should thank Geoff and Gill Leach who play a central role in planning the event and pulling it all together. In addition to Gill and Geoff there are dozens of others who all freely give of their time to make this event happen. Thank-you to each and every one!

Young Enterprise

It has been a busy week and apologies for not reporting earlier!
I have spent two days out this week as a volunteer helping Young Enterprise. Young Enterprise are a Charity that help young people learn about business and the world of work. On Monday I was at Urmston Grammar School in Trafford and yesterday I was at Werneth School in Stockport. Yesterday I was helping with an Airline Masterclass where the pupils have the opportunity to work in a group and undertake all the different jobs involved in the airline industry from design and marketing to sales and finance.
You can visit the website of Young Enterprise in the North West here.

Tomorrow I will be attending the Summer Fair organised by Bury Hospice at Closes Park on Dumers Lane in Bury.
On Sunday Music in the Park returns to Whitehead Gardens in Tottington. There are eight live bands and hopefully there will be good weather and a bumper crowd.

Music in the Park 08

Sunday saw Tottington’s annual Music in the Park event take place in weather more like Autumn than Summer. There was a strong wind blowing in the morning which actually damaged one of the tents in the course of erection. Fortunately other than a couple of brief showers the afternoon was quite dry and relatively warm, the sun even appeared briefly. I know how much work goes into organising this event and I would like to thank all those who gave up so much time to make this event happen and I hope all those who attended enjoyed themselves.