Stirchley Funday 2012
by Peter Walker
Well, What a fantastic day it was, bit of a rough start, wrong key to the gate, were all there waiting at 7.30am, to get in, but, it wasn’t long until we found one.
The Army of Stirchley volunteers sprang into action, by 11am, it was beginning to look like a fun day was going to take place, the caterers turned up early followed by charity stalls, community groups entertainers and trade stands, fairground rides and inflatables, gazebos went up, ducks got primed ready for a day of swimming, councillors put their waders on (there is a rumour that councillor Sealy will wear his in the council chamber) Don’t know who started that.
Well, 12noon came, and it was a very quiet start at first, but boy did that change, by 12.45, things were really buzzing, a rough estimate was that over 1300 people were in the park and the best thing was, every face had a smile on it, are you doing it again next year, we were asked?
Well I think so, just look out for the posters etc. next year.
I have one or two thank you's to make, it’s a bit like an Oscar list, but please take the time to read it, and if you won one of the fabulous prizes we had, say thank you to the business that provided it.
I would like to thank the following for donating the prizes.
Wards, Stirchley wines and spirits, Oakton estates, Midland Vac, Travis Perkins, St Andrews Healthcare, National Express west Midlands, Tesco Five Ways, Wickes, Magnet, Fitness First, Music Exchange, Midland computer exchange, Empire Garage, Hearts and flowers, Joshuashaun, Akash Tandoori, Printigo, Dutch embassy, Venture Bikes, Sasha hair design, Selco, Jades hairdresser, Elliegance, ADI (Kings Norton) Mirror image, Stirchley Newsagent, Gents, Ash tree Pharmacy, Powder Coatings, Asda, Akrams, Empire Cinema (Rubery) p.walker Ariel’s (Kidderminster) Fallons, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Headmasters (Cotteridge) .
I would also like to thank, Signarama (Cotteridge) for providing us with three five foot by two foot full colour banners, so that we can advertise the event, to Roxie and Kerry from Stirchley Happenings for designing the flyers and negotiating the cooperation with the T.A.S.C.O.S social club, to pay half the printing bill for their advert on the flip side, for getting them printed at reasonable cost and delivered to me, does everyone agree, that the art work is superb.
Also, I would like to thank the army of Stirchley volunteers who delivered them to your door, (not as easy as you think) also, thank you to Webb’s tool hire who has provided the hi vis vests we need for in the park and to printigo, who printed the forum logo on the back.
Last but not least, in no particular order.
Ron, Brian, Chris ,Peter , Jon, Brenda and Margaret my long suffering wife, who gave up their Saturday to help put the Fun Day together not forgetting Paula, who had a key to the gate padlock, when the wrong one was supplied (we got her out of bed).
Also, David Jee, Judith Jones, Syria (hope I have spelt your name correctly, who helped during the day.
And to some of the artists who gave their time to entertain us in the arena, like Elvis and Brian withey.
Also to Mick Jones from stirchley.co.uk, who allows us a lot of free space on his website.
Also to Karen Stevens from Birmingham City Council
(Selly Oak Division) who put many hours into the fun day
and to anyone else who I may have forgotten
Thanks to all
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum