Fountain Square fun day could be first of many
A FAMILY fun day organised by Staple Hill traders could be the first of many at Fountain Square.
The four-hour event on August 21 attracted hundreds of visitors and ten stalls, set up by traders and charities.
It followed a frustrating summer, during which the first two dates planned for events in the square, in June and July, had to be cancelled because of a single objection to Staple Hill Chamber of Trade's licence application.
The fun day saw visitors of all ages entertained with music and dance sessions, funfair games, a silent disco and stalls selling food and gifts.
There was also a fundraising raffle and stalls promoting charities, including the Staple Hill & District branch of the Royal British Legion.
Heavy rain before the event had threatened to wash it out but organiser Melody Beard, of the Bean Tree Cafe in Page Park, said everyone involved decided to take a chance and push ahead.
Melody said: "There have been so many events cancelled this year, and after all the waiting and generating so much momentum, it was nice to finally fulfil it.
"It was busy and people seemed to enjoy it – the sun came out and people were dancing. The traders did well and it was nice to have live music again."
The idea of the monthly events is to bring more people into Staple Hill's shopping area and Melody said the fun day had attracted visitors from other areas.
She said people had wanted to see more events happen, and the traders are set to form a committee to plan them.
One event which is definitely on the calendar is the popular Christmas on the Hill celebration, which is due to make a comeback on the first weekend in December.
Before that residents are being told to keep a lookout for street art appearing from September, as well as the launch of the area's 'storywalk' audio-visual project.
The traders had to wait until the end of July for South Gloucestershire Council's licensing sub-committee to approve their licence to hold events in the square, between 9am and 6pm on Saturdays, following one objection over potential parking and litter problems.
Staple Hill & Mangotsfield ward councillor Ian Boulton told the committee the level of backing from residents and businesses had been "quite awe-inspiring".