Everton Primary School applied to the Big Lottery Fund for £3,455 Celebrate funding to hold Everton Community Apple Day to celebrate the opening of a new community orchard.
Different generations, along with rurally isolated older and single people will be brought together with local families to learn about fruit production, local Everton history and traditions.
The local community have the chance to take part in a wide variety of workshops, talks, arts and crafts and get their own apples or fruit turned in to juice to take away.
The school used to be the site of a community orchard and local volunteers along with the school got to recreate an orchard. The activities are a great way for local people to share memories of area with pupils and for different generations to mix.
Bev Fullwood, volunteer at Blue Skies Community Initiative , said:
“When we marked the centenary of our local primary school a couple of years ago, we had no idea that it was on the site of an old community orchard. Older people in the village told us about their ‘scrumping’ and how the Head Teacher kept bees in the playground.
“Blue Skies Community Initiative has used this information to work with the community to plan a celebration of the community orchard through an Apple Day. We will be celebrating the opening of our new community orchard with an Apple Day.
So far we have a full day of activities arranged from learning about fruit growing to cider making, crafts, arts, bee keeping demonstration apple bobbing, cookery demonstrations and competitions, Morris dancing and people can even bring their own apples to be pressed. We’ve got a feeling that this is going to be an annual event - and why not, we are after all in the home county of the Bramley apple.”
Life Venture Solutions Ltd, in Cardiff, are using £4,395 to hold a fashion show inspired by Black and Asian culture with the aim of giving communities the opportunity to celebrate their culture and heritage, and bring people together.
The launch of AfrasiA will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre over Black History Month this year. The event will be filmed as part of a documentary and will include a catwalk exhibition featuring traditional and contemporary styles, trends and clothing, and entertainment, and is giving local designers and fashion students the opportunity to contribute to the celebrations too.
Ndidi Spencer of the project said: “Planning this event has had its challenges, but we are now reaping the rewards of our efforts as students, community members and organisations come together to prepare for this sensational weekend. This is just the beginning for AfrasiA.”
Cumbrae Queen’s Gala Committee have received a grant from Awards for All Scotland to organise a very special three day event to bring people of all ages together and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday in style.
The project kicked off with an ecumenical service similar to The Queen’s own, followed by an afternoon tea party for around one hundred local people. Invites extended to people of all generations as well as people who have served the island by way of helping others through community or charity work. The weekend of celebration concluded with the coronation of their own Cumbrae Queen, followed by a street party in the marquee at Garrison Grounds. The entertainment included a magician, dancing, games and music as well as bouncy castles and face painting for the children.
Organiser, Elizabeth Lawson, said, “We are so grateful for this funding which has really helped us make her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations something to remember. We have reached out to everyone on the island, young and old, to get involved. We believe this celebration will help to bring everyone together and enhance what is already a strong and proud community spirit.”
Kabalikat in North West is a small group set up by members of the Filipino community in Derry/Londonderry and the surrounding area to celebrate and promote their culture and to combat isolation. Kabalikat is the Filipino word for solidarity.
They received a £4,500 grant from Awards for All to hold the first Filipino lantern festival in Derry/Londonderry, bringing some sparkle to the city and celebrating its friendliness and diversity. The Lantern Parade was a free family event, with traditional Filipino dance and food, as well as music and games.
Jonah Atos, the group’s project coordinator, said: “The lantern festival was a chance for us celebrate our culture and share it with people outside our community who came along and experienced our traditional food, dance and music.”