Lakes and Meadows – a great day for Kirk Hallam residents

Big Kirk Hallam is delighted to support the Lakeside Festival for the second year running. One of the four main themes in the Big Kirk Hallam plan arising from the extensive community conversation is Quality of Life. This focuses on supporting vulnerable groups and on community celebration. The Lakeside Festival is one of four community events each year that Big Kirk Hallam gives funding to in order to encourage celebration and helping to make Kirk Hallam an even better place to live.

Here is some feedback from the organisers. First, from the Lakes and Meadows website. http://www.friendsofkirkhallamlake.btck.co.uk/LakesideFestival

“The Festival highlights the many aspects of the rich wildlife of the site and also includes other invited organisations with similar aims to help animals, wildlife and the natural world.

The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows would like to thank all volunteers, stall holders, attractions and members of the public for helping to make the Lakeside Festival on Sunday, 6 July such a wonderful success. The general public came out in force, more than ever before and the Friends have had some fantastic, encouraging comments about the event and hope to build on their success on Sunday, 5 July, 2015. Watch this space!

Especial thanks go to Erewash Borough Council, Big Kirk Hallam, Derby University, Derbyshire County Council, Councillors Carol Hart, Michelle Booth and John Frudd for their financial help. Thanks for donations of prizes go to Home Curtains, Nisa Extra Kirk Hallam, Co-operative Food Kirk Hallam, Tesco Ilkeston, Manor Pharmacy Kirk Hallam.”

Big Kirk Hallam also got this kind message from one of the chief organisers of the Lakeside Festival, Esther Collington.

“The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows would like to thank the Big Lottery for the grant of £500 towards our expenses in running the Lakeside Festival on the 6 July. The event was extremely successful and had many more attractions this year, including a Climbing Wall, Magician, fairground amusements, birds of prey, Indian tattoos and dancers, two live bands, Wildlife Workshop, craft stalls, refreshment stalls, pony rides, and, importantly, first aid cover.

Many more people than ever before visited the Festival, many saying what a wonderful afternoon it was, with a lovely atmosphere. Some said it was better than other longer established local events and how they enjoyed the animal and wildlife stalls. The charity stalls invited were very happy with the money they raised, as were the trade stalls. There was something for both old and young, and people from outside of Kirk Hallam visited too, although it seemed, at times, like the whole of Kirk Hallam was there!”

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