Story by Deborah Egan | Photo by Emily Haimeed.
On 7th March we gathered to discuss the future for a community festival this summer in Abbeyfield Park.
Well attended, the meeting included Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, The Old Pitsmoorians, Friends of Firth Park, Friends of Abbeyfield Park and local councillors Safiya Saeed and Talib Hussain joining local residents . There was a lively discussion about the festival’s content and a decision to set a date – Sunday 31st of July 2021.
It has been years since the last festival in the park and it’s important, as we emerge from two years of lockdowns to bring our community together to celebrate. We discussed the need to create a family friendly event with workshops, exhibitions, dance, food, stalls and music. We are fortunate in Burngreave/Pitsmoor to have a rich and diverse community with over 36 local languages locally spoken and we would like to see diversity reflected in the festival . It was also felt important to spotlight the importance of refugees in our community.
There is plenty of work ahead and we have just over 4 months. We need people to join us to take the ideas to the next stage. There is a lot of work ahead, and as you’d expect, some of it will be exciting .
The organising group would like to extend an open invitation to anybody who feels they can contribute to come to the next meeting and play a role.
Next Meeting: 7:30pm Tuesday 5th April in the Community Room at Abbeyfield House – we’re looking forward to seeing you! For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org