VIDEO: Thousands join Graylingwell party

FAMILIES basked in the sunshine for the Garden Party and Scouts Children’s Day at Graylingwell Park.

The annual family event, on Saturday, July 6, was sponsored by Linden Homes, Affinity Sutton & Chichester Community Development Trust and more than 3,000 people joined the fun.

Pedal power a plenty from Lavant Valley cubs Cameran Hill and Lars Evison

Pedal power a plenty from Lavant Valley cubs Cameran Hill and Lars Evison

Organised by Chichester CDT, Chichester District Scouts and CDC, the event aims to raise money for the scouts and other local charities.

“It is hoped when everything is totted up, this year’s figure will be the biggest amount ever raised at this event,” said organisers in a statement.

“Visitors were wowed by the Vertigo Climbing wall and the Crazy Quads at the entrance, and once inside the park were able to enjoy pamper treatments from Debbie Stevens, make their own fruity drink on the Affinity Sutton smoothie Bike, make friends with Animazing’s snakes and spiders and the cuddly alpacas.

“The most unusual event of the day was the Bradley Wiggins lookalike competition, organised by the Chichester Cycle Challenge.

“The Scouts provided all the traditional stalls, like crockery smash and runaway train, which proved a real hit with everyone, along with their BBQ and strawberries and cream. Play Mosaic organised the Play Village for the little ones in the shade.”

Jane Haskins, Chichester CDT Community Development Officer, said: “This has turned out to be a real community event, the weather is fantastic and it’s great to see the whole community supporting the event, be it, volunteering or just enjoying their selves. It also gives residents in Chichester a chance to see how much Graylingwell has changed and raise money for charity at the same time”.

In the arena, Beatz Breaks Barriers Dance Crew - an Affinity Sutton and Hyde Plus initiative managed by Chichester University - put on a performance of Urban Dance, along with the Fishbourne Mill Morris Dancers, showing the whole diversity of the day. The fun dog show was also well-attended. with classes such as best sausage catcher and best rescue dog.

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