Friends of St George's Park volunteers are tired but triumphant tonight after a well attended free community arts and crafts event that was our contribution to Kidderminster Arts Festival in the shape of our very own KidFest. A small but determined band of volunteers from the Friends group worked with performers, craft-makers and others to bring the community together in a great afternoon of sharing, fun and discovery - enjoying the full potential of our little urban green space. Because organisers of the event were stretched quite thinly we only kept a tally on one of the park's four gates, the main gate in Radford Avenue, but between 12 and 3.30pm 656 visitors were clocked entering the park through that gate alone. Plunge Boom's Vegetable Nannies was a great hit with children and adults. Members of this travelling children's theatre company complimented the local community calling festival-goers "lovely people" they were impressed by the orderly good humour of their audience in the absence of any security staff, which is not always true of all the venues they play up and down the country. Both the interactive street theatre and the workshops were very popular and so was the 'tour' of LEAP vegetable growing areas that at one point was incorporated into the Vegetable Nannies experience. Opposite The Allotment St George's Church had a craft making stall where children enjoyed creating fabulous sheep masks and doing other activities, next to the turf maze created by Canon Hugh Burton, it is a scale model of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. Worcestershire County Council Library bus was also in the park again, an ever popular attraction that signed up new members and loaned more that 60 books. There was also a constant flow of children having faces painted, henna decoration, making pompoms at the Waste2Want stall and also printing versions of the new Kidderminster logo designed by Sue Vicenzotti who ran the workshop attracting lots of attention. Many thanks to all who took part in making KidFest 2015 a runaway success.
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