The 2013 Littleover Picnic was, like last year, fortunate with the weather. Friday had been wet and drizzly most of the day, but late on Saturday morning the clouds lifted to reveal summer sunshine!
Performances ran to time, the dog show entertained, and crowds turned up to visit the stalls and try out the low ropes and go on the bouncy castles.
Last year, Friends of Littleover Parks had decided to repeat their Jubilee Picnic event, as what may become a regular feature of the Littleover calendar – the Littleover Picnic in the Park. I had been part of the organising team from the start, and during the year we grew in number to a regular four, and a wider group of around eight.
Paul masterminded the performance schedule. Some groups are becoming regulars, others were new this year; music, dance, marshal arts and gymnastics all had slots this time.
The stalls were my domain – with twice the number this year as last. We had a wide range, local clubs and societies to commercial business, free kids activities and bouncy castles. Together these are a vital element of the whole event, not only drawing people in and entertaining them, but they also provide the income to cover some of the costs. These include extra insurance, hire of PA (public address) system, licences for music performances and the market element, as well as pubicity, signage and posters.
Last year we received funding from the local Neighbourhood Boards. This year their budgets had been cut – in Littleover’s case very severely. We were grateful to receive funding from the Blagreaves Board. Some of this has been put towards capital equipment in case the event has to stand even more on its own feet next year.
We also had local sponsors for some elements, like the dog show (Barking Mad), the central marquee used by Newmount Brass which was loaned by Your Party in the Garden and cycle parking (Hire Station). And other local groups like Grange Hall were very helpful. Council staff provided advice and encouragement – and litter bins! Thanks go to all of these.
We’re now talking about next year. We hope to attract more people to join the organising team to spread the workload and achieve even more. And hope that more people will come with stalls and to simply enjoy the day out.