The best dressed bear in town!
Published by Emma Tedman for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Winner Eleanor Golds with pirate bear and sister Alysha.
Pirate bear is the best dressed bear in Lavant. That’s according to the judges at a special fun day organised by the Hyde Group (Hyde) for local residents last week (8 August).
Lavant Memorial Hall, West Sussex, was the venue for some of the best dressed bears in West Sussex to turn on the style recently, when accompanied by their proud owners. A group of really well turned out teddy bears took part in a ‘drop in & chill out’ event with a host of attractions for local people of all ages.
Over 100 people took part in the day which was packed full of entertainment, delicious food, competitions, advice and information stalls. Residents were able to find out more about Hyde Plus services such as money advice or support with finding work. They could also talk to our resident Welfare Champions about the changes to the benefit system and how it might affect them. Staff were also on hand to offer further advice.
Sandy Parkinson, Hyde Regeneration Co-ordinator said: “Our aim was to make the most of the summer holidays to bring the community together. For all ages to enjoy themselves, whilst giving those who need it the chance to get useful information about the services we offer.”
Hyde resident, Mrs Mel Golds of Lavant said “I think the balance was just right, the children had a great time; it was a fantastic day with the right amount to do for the kids.”
As well as a bouncy castle, face painting and other attractions, many of the younger residents proudly entered their teddy bears in the ‘Best dressed teddy bear competition which was won by 12 year old Eleanor Golds (pictured with her seven year old sister Aylsha).
Mrs Lynda Beech said “It was lovely to bring my grandson who is staying with us for the summer. He had so much fun playing with the other children and I was impressed with the event. Everyone was very kind and friendly.”
Hyde’s Resident Engagement Officer William Neave said, “The day was a great success thanks to the partnership with our involved residents who volunteered to help out on the day, as well as local businesses who actively supported us. The sun shone and it was the perfect opportunity for residents to engage with staff and seek advice and information on some of our important Hyde Plus services.’’