23rd July, 2012

Neswick Playground Fun Day and Local Talent Competition 

This was an event that was designed to showcase the versatility of the newly regenerated shared space of Neswick Playground and its suitability as an outdoor performance space. It provided a much-welcomed platform for local talent attracting over 300 local residents. See the Trailer for DVD of the Neswick Street Playground Talent Competition. The full DVD is available on request.

Also more photos of the event taken by Matthew Pontin

A very big thanks to all of those who supported the event and helped to make it such a success! 
Community Spaces,Groundwork UK, Big Lottery and their wonderful team for providing the funds to regenerate the playground and the additional funds to make this event happen.
Plymouth City Council Neighbourhood Managers and Wardens,Sue Rouse, Ian Smith and Maria Sibson for all their support before and during the event.
The Neighbourhood Police Team for all their support during and prior to the event.
Plymouth City Council Parks Department for all their support throughout the regeneration process and for regularly cleaning the playground.
Plymouth City Council, Stepping Stones Team for including the event in the Love Parks Week timetable and providing the funds to finance the events public liability insurance.
The Plymouth Tree Partnership for all their work in providing the lime trees through The Big Tree Plant initiative and also for their ongoing help in caring for the tree planting in the park.
The Big Greenspace Challenge, South Hams District Council for providing the funds to plant all the fruit trees in the park.
The Community Payback Team for helping dig the holes to plant the trees.
Andy Blackwell, Mirror Theatre Company for publicising the event at local schools and nurseries, for raising the profile of the value of trees in the play park and also for his compering on the day.
The Emerge Plymouth Community Circus for their circus skills activities during the event.
Beth Richards for running her Rinkomania hobby-horse making workshop during the event.
• Paul Marten Lindy Lou and Missy for judging our talent competition.
All our sponsors for the raffleKings Fry, Cecil Street who donated a Fish and Chip Dinner for Two. Cody and Co Hair, Union Street who donated A Ladies Hair Cut. A.M Bence Butchers King Street who donated A joint of meat. Star Design Hairdressers, Molesworth Rd who donated A Patterned Designer Head Shave. Mike Phillips @ Plymouth University who donated 30 seats to the edge of the Universe (An immersive vision experience )
The PRS Team who provided a100% discount for the music licence for the day.
Earth Wrights for building this wonderful playground and for support us with a sand sculpture workshop, a den building activity and a mini beast habitat workshop
Sky Minds Studio for providing the PA and filming the event.
Lesely Peat from the Stonehouse Time Bank and Zitta Moyse for running the tree adoption stall.
St Peters School for lending us the stage.
•All the wonderful Members of Friends of Wyndham Square who worked together to make the X factor and fun day happen:  Fritzi Marler for providing the paint for the playground wall, the tabletop items and the tubes of Pringles. Jeremy Johnston for preparing and distributing all the cakes, jellies and ice creams. Mary Wood for serving the refreshments. Rhona and Raymond Hitchcock for running the table top sale and selling raffle tickets. Mathew Pontin and Fotonow for taking all the great photos and bringing Camper Obscura. Max Phillips for taking photos for the community art project. Mrs Nicholson and daughter for helping with the stalls. Soraya Phillips for securing funding and project managing the event.

Last but not least. Thanks to  All the supportive residents and wonderfully talented participants who entered the talent competition.

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