20 years in the making – A summer to remember at CGA
Published by Rob1 for Community Gateway Association in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Guild Community Procession
What a summer it has been at Community Gateway Association (CGA). As Preston's largest social housing provider, Preston Guild 2012 was always going to be a busy time for tenants and members.
Preston Guild is an historic celebration, which dates back to 1179, sharing a heritage of over 800 years. It is the only Guild still celebrated in the UK and, as such, is truly unique.
Held only once every 20 years, the 2012 celebration was the first Guild in the 21st century and the first since the granting of Preston’s city status in 2002.
CGA decided to help its tenants celebrate in style as people from across the organisations 10 local community areas joined in the festivities by holding street parties and events, a number of residents and local school children took part in the Guild Community Procession on 7 September.
The procession was the highlight of the week long celebrations, as 50 walkers joined the CGA Float (sponsored by HT Forrest) decorated by local Graffiti Artist and CGA member Gavin Renshaw.
The float celebrated everything that CGA stands for, Community Empowerment, Tenant Involvement and Regeneration.
Following along was an amazing twelve foot CGA Man assisted by Fonz Howard one of CGA’s Community Assistants, this brilliant and eye catching structure was made with the help of a local tenant sewing group Stitchwits, he had the massive crowds in attendance snapping away with their cameras along the 3 mile route through the middle of Preston.
You can view a video of our day on CGA's Youtube Channel http://tinyurl.com/96ut66f
The feel good factor resounded across the city, Guild 2012 will be remembered for the next 20 years.
With so many activities that happened over Guild Week, we can’t list them all.
CGA would like to thank everyone who took part, especially Jackson Lloyd for helping with the decoration of the float and to the hundreds of tenants who helped organise events on estates across the City.