C in the park a huge hit

June 25 2013

HUNDREDS of people came out to support this year’s C in the Park event.

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HUNDREDS of people came out to support this year’s C in the Park event.

Organisers say the open air service and family fun day at King George V Park were so successful it is likely to become a permanent fixture.

C in the Park was started last year by local churches and so many people enjoyed the event that they decided to hold another in 2013.

Now a review committee will meet to decide whether C in the Park should become an annual event.

C in the Park, which took place on Sunday June 23, kicked off with an open air service featuring guest speaker Philip Jinadu and representatives of local churches including Resound, the Sanctuary, St James, Dowend Baptist, Guest, Pendennis Evangelical and Christ Church Downend.

Following the hour-long service, visitors took advantage of the many attractions including face painting, sand art, lane bungee, climbing wall, bouncy castles, cakes and refreshments and bucking bronco.

A number of local organisations set up stalls including Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council, Staple Hill British Legion and St Augustine’s Pre-School.

There was also a prayer tent for those seeking quiet reflection.

Compere Andy Watch took to the main stage to introduce a host of local talent including choirs from Christ Church infants and the Tynings primary, Zumba with Beth Saunders, Flutissimo Quartet, BUSK, Streetvibes dance group, Kingswood Winds Band and bands Route 101 and Aurora’s Plan, both from Mangotsfield School.

Rev Andy Machin, of Downend Baptist Church, said: “We are delighted with the number of people who came along to support C in the Park. There were around 500 people at the open air service with many more turning up throughout the day.

“There was a good variety of entertainment provided by local schools and groups which seems to have gone down really well and has helped bring people into the park.

“The event was made possible because of financial support from local churches, Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council, Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council.”

Rev Paul Peterson, Associate Minister at Christ Church Downend, said “C in the Park was a tremendous expression of the unity of local churches and their desire to give something back to the community. It was great to see people of all ages enjoying the open air service, the free activities and the endless cakes.”

There will be a review meeting in July but it looks hopeful that this will become an annual event.