Families enjoy a summer festival in Banbury

Maggie Dent and Phil Seal cook up a storm NNL-151009-165001001
Maggie Dent and Phil Seal cook up a storm NNL-151009-165001001

A summer festival jam-packed with a host of exciting activities has been a big hit with Banbury residents when it came to Princess Diana Park.

Hosted by the Sunshine Centre and Cherwell District Council and with funding from Sanctuary Housing and Banbury Charities, the free Summer Fest was held in aid of the community’s Build Our Café campaign on August 26.

Providing fun for all of the family, the Summer Fest included welly-wanging, pedal go-karts, penalty shoot-out, bouncy slide, the famous Oxfordshire game of Aunt Sally and more.

Puritans radio, as well as Banbury Sound and their mascot Buzzy the Bee, were also on hand to entertain the crowds.

An array of food was on the menu for visitors with foraging, honey tasting and healthy cookery demonstrations from special guests, including the winner of The Visit Banbury “Create a Banbury Dish”, Phil Seal.

Visitors got stuck into fun competitions with local councillor John Donaldson winning the adults’ welly-wanging and staff from the Sunshine Centre victorious in a challenging tug of war contest.

Tracy Rogers, from The Sunshine Centre, said; “It was a really successful partnership effort, both in the planning and on the day. We have had very positive feedback from the community about the event.

“We not only raised an estimated £500 towards the community café, but were able to let even more people know about our plans to “Build a Café.”

Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood manager, Kate Winstanley, added: “The Summer Fest was a huge success and it was great to see so many families enjoying themselves. There was a real sense of community spirit which was wonderful to see.

“We are always looking to support community-led projects and events such as this, and we are so happy the day was a success, raising more than £500 for the Build Our Café campaign.”

The Build Our Café campaign was set up in response to the Bretch Hill community, requesting a café offering affordable, healthy home cooked food, as well as training opportunity for local residents. Planning permission has been obtained and now funding is required to finance the build of the café.

This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.