Sheffield estate residents enjoy fun and games at 'Picnic in the Park' event

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The Gleadless Valley TARAs 'picnic in the park' event.The Gleadless Valley TARAs 'picnic in the park' event.
The Gleadless Valley TARAs 'picnic in the park' event.

The people of Gleadless Valley came together to enjoy fun and games at the area’s very first ‘Picnic in the Park’ party.

Around 50 residents from every part of the sprawling estate attended the event, which took place on Herdings Park.

Hollie Rodgers and Oscar Crofts playing Twister.Hollie Rodgers and Oscar Crofts playing Twister.
Hollie Rodgers and Oscar Crofts playing Twister.
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The picnic was organised by Gleadless Valley Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, whose chairman Sally Dale said they were really pleased with how the day had turned out.

She said: “The picnic was the brainchild of our secretary Tracy Bryan and we thought about it last year but it was rained off. This year, thankfully, the weather was really good.

“We are trying to get the community to come together more and one good way of doing that is with children and getting parents talking.

“We had people come that we didn’t even know and had never seen before.”

Families enjoy their picnic.Families enjoy their picnic.
Families enjoy their picnic.
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Anti-racism campaigners Hope Not Hate held party games for the children while My Arty Party staged craft work during the event, which ran from 11am until 2pm.

“It was a lovely short lunchtime thing and the atmosphere was really good,” said Sally. “We are very active in the community but a lot of people still don’t know what we do.

“Not everybody is into meetings.

“Gleadless Valley is a huge estate and really widespread but people came from all over.”

Makai Collins making button caterpillars.Makai Collins making button caterpillars.
Makai Collins making button caterpillars.

The success of the picnic built on a very well-attended fun day which took place at the John O’Gaunt pub earlier this month.

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This event - which was jointly organised with the Friends of the Valley, another community group - saw hundreds of people turn up to enjoy the ‘buzzing’ atmosphere, said Sally.

The TARA’s forthcoming events include a Macmillan coffee morning on September 29, a craft day on October 20, a Halloween party on October 27, a trip to York on November 24 and their ever popular Christmas party on December 8.