The Easter Egg Hunt was the first event organised by the Friends of Clough Hall Park Group. They were a bit apprehensive as to whether many youngsters would attend. 1000 leaflets were delivered to 5 primary schools and posters were erected to publicise the event. The event was due to commence at 11 am but by 10.30 am there were queues forming. From the 3 accesses to the park one could see droves of youngsters and their parents/grandparents heading across the park for the pavilion. 180 youngsters took part which exceeded expectations.
Tesco very kindly donated 36 Easter eggs to be given to the winners and a lucky dip tub was also provided for all participants. By 11.30 am all the Easter eggs had been given out and we still had to go to the 1 pm finish. Committee members were frantically visiting shops to purchase more. They purchased all the eggs remaining in the town and in the end everyone was satisfied.
Refreshments were provided in the pavilion together with lots of Easter cakes all of which were sold. It was thought that we would make a loss on our first event but the aim was for the group to introduce people to the park, some of whom had never visited before. It was amazing that a profit of £57 was made.
People commented that it was a tremendous and successful event and they gave some useful suggestions for next year’s hunt. It was good to see people enjoying their refreshments outside because the weather improved.
It is hoped that in June this year that there will be another hunt based around the Diamond Jubilee. All committee members were really hyped up and cannot wait for the next event.
Special thanks should be given to Newcastle Borough Council’s two park rangers who did a tremendous job making sure that there was no dog dirt, litter, toilets were clean and that we had all we needed in the pavilion.
THE GROUP’S NEXT PUBLIC MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, 23RD MAY 2012 AT 7 PM, PAVILION, CLOUGH HALL PARK, KIDSGROVE. EVERYONE WELCOME.
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