Plenty of partying at Peasedown St John’s Summer Festival

By Leah Smith in Events

Almost 3,000 villagers came along to Peasedown St John’s ninth Party in the Park Community Festival last Saturday to celebrate the joys of summertime.

Sponsored by Michael Gould Property Agents, St John’s Church, Care South, Bath Audi, Gregor Heating, Curo Housing and Peasedown St John Parish Council, crowds enjoyed seven hours of live music and entertainment.

The event, which included special guest, Richard Wyatt, from HTV/ITV News,

featured a huge array of stalls and attractions, the village’s first ever Official Push Kart Race, the return of the Peasedown Diamond cider, and the results of the Party in the Park Grant Giveaway.

The Sara Holley Community Award, set up in 2011 in memory of a life-long resident who passed away, was won by a man who has spent many years coaching and supporting young people on the football pitch.

Paul Sly’s voluntary work with Peasedown Albion Football Club only began a few years ago, but once he got stuck in, he couldn’t stop!

Over the past twelve months, Paul has not only been the Manager of Peasedown Albion Football Club’s under-15s team, but he has also single-handedly managed to get the youngest age groups flourishing and bursting at the seams – with boys and girls learning how to play football with big smiles on their faces!

Party in the Park Chairman, Nathan Hartley, said: “Paul has worked extremely hard over the last three years to encourage and inspire young people to get involved in sport.

“Over 100 children and teenagers are being trained by Paul on a weekly basis.

He does it all in his own time, and doesn’t want anything in return.

“Members of the club were so impressed with his dedication and commitment, that we were overwhelmed this year with nominations for Paul to win the award.

“Congratulations Paul on all you have done to support the young people of our

village.”

Almost £3,000 was raised on the day, which contributes to the total £6,000 cost of

hosting the one-day event. All of the money will be reinvested back into Peasedown St John, either through future events or the Party in the Park Grant Fund.

Festival revellers were kept entertained all afternoon, thanks to back-to-back performances, sponsored by Peasedown St John Parish Council, from DJ Pete Bailey, the Bath Spa Band, Susan Hill School of Dance, Maitree Express, Rubix Groove, Boogie Bounce, Call the Shots and the Rosa Gray Band.

Over £2,500 was given away this year to organisations that are either based in, or work in, Peasedown St John. Peasedown St John Methodist Church, Peasedown In Bloom, Wansdyke Play Association, Peasedown Residents’ Association, Peasedown Well-being Group, St John’s Toy Library and Laurel Farm Kindergarten were all presented with grants.

Thanks to the support of the local Lions Club, Air Cadets and Party in the Park volunteers, over sixty hours of time were given to staff the festival gates and ensure the event ran according to plan.