Keeble Takes Action With Successful Summer Event
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Housing
Hilary Gow from Bournemouth Libraries plays the Nutty Professor with local children
Glorious weather helped to make the annual Keeble Summer Event a big success on Saturday 11th August, as hundreds of pounds were raised by local residents for community activities.
Over 80 local people enjoyed a selection of stalls, activities and competitions on the day, leading to a grand total of almost £400 in the process.
The popular summer event was organised by Action 4 Keeble – a group made up of Spectrum Western Challenge residents, alongside Knightstone and Raglan Housing Association residents. Action 4 Keeble work hard to deliver various community activities across the year for the families in 174 households in Keeble, Bournemouth, with the summer event being their annual fundraiser.
Claire Henderson, Resident Involvement Officer at Spectrum Western Challenge said: “Action 4 Keeble are a very active Residents Association and does a lot for the local community. We are actively encouraging our local residents to set up Residents Associations as they are a good mechanism for encouraging community spirit and local action.”
The full-day event was opened by Kinson North Councillor Dennis Gritt, and was also attended by fellow councillors Amadeo Angiolini and Mark Battistini.
Councillor Gritt said: “This sort of event is very important to the local community who have worked hard together to arrange the day. All the money raised goes back to supporting activities on the Keeble estate, and especially to helping the young people who live here.”
A wealth of activities were on offer for residents on the day, including a children’s fancy dress competition, barbeque, bouncy castle, traditional stalls offering lucky dips and tombolas – and a very topical competition to guess the weight of the Olympic cake.
In addition, Bournemouth Libraries offered a story telling area to youngsters as part of the Story Lab summer reading challenge, and Bournemouth Council’s Recycle for Bournemouth advisors spoke to residents about the importance of recycling.
The fire service also proudly displayed their fire engine to residents on the day, and Police Community Support Officers gave youngsters the rare opportunity to sit in their police car and sound the siren.
The money raised from the day will be used to support future activities such as Mother’s Day craft events and ice skating at Christmas for local children.
“We were really pleased that the weather was so good” said Pat Curtis, chair of Action 4 Keeble. “I would like to thank all of my fellow committee members for all of the hard work that they put into it.”
Claire Vincent, Neighbourhood Worker for Kinson, was on hand throughout the day. Claire said: “The committee worked really hard together to produce a terrific event which ran really smoothly and raised a great amount of money. It was a very positive day.”