Our St George's Day event has also become a bit of a local institution. In 2013 the event won the WFDC Community Event of the Year Award (we remain current holders) for the Family Fun and Discovery Event, the free festival organised with funds raised by people living in the locality and supporting their local park, unpaid volunteers who form the committee and the majority of the membership of the Friends of St George's Park.
This upcoming event is a celebration of England's patron saint and a park dedicated to him - which was also in the case of our park - the People's Park - donated by the town's political and industrial leaders to the people of Kidderminster in 1927, in recognition of their carpet weaving skills. Today local park activists are trying to weave new patterns in our park and green spaces. So this DIY free festival on Horsefair and Greenhill's traditional boundaries is also a celebration of the 'people' - the local community as a whole and their support for the projects FoSGP volunteers are actively involved in. Historically the main focus of these St George's Day events has always been on children and their families - and this is still true this year, but in 2015 we aim to broaden the appeal of the event with some new attractions that might appeal to a wider age group. This will include a bungee run and possibly other activities yet to be confirmed, as well as the customary bouncy castle for younger children and many other child centred activities and events. Volunteers of FoSGP have therefore designed two posters this year to advertise the event - one aimed at younger children and being distributed to schools and another intended for parents and adults generally
Attractions so far confirmed are the brilliant local rock band the Karpet Kickers (featuring FoSGP wildlife officer Gehardt Kruckow aka 'Cookie' on vocals); PTR Williams (singer/songwriter/guitar player/LEAP logo designer); back again this year by popular demand is the Severn & Teme Scout and Guide Band and also street theatre George and the Dragon (Mummer Play) by Puppet Tree; inflatable fun provided by Quads and Castles; storytelling by Kidderminster Library staff and all the usual favourites including face painting, table top stalls, St George's Church events, ice-cream and a scout run barbecue etc. More added all the time!
Obviously the one uncertain factor in England at any time of year, but in April in particular, is the weather. We are all hoping for a nice sunny afternoon when everyone can enjoy all of the attractions and events safely and discover new interests or just have a few hours of free fun.
More announcements will be made on the What's On page above as plans are finalised - so please look out for updates here and also on our social media....
We look forward to seeing you at the St George's Day Family Fun and Discovery Event 2015!