The sun shone on Avonmouth Summer Fest in spite of the weather forecast which had promised heavy rain and thunder and lightning. Lots of people turned out to enjoy a variety of activities including learning a circus skill or how to grow food, playing in the ball swamp, fishing for fruit and veg or helping to create a flower mandala.
More active pursuits were available in the form of Zumba, circle dancing or hula hooping and the bike carousel was a great hit with the children but also one or two adults.
A Forgotten landscape artist in residence, Deborah, helped residents to create a big paper model of the village and port.
Relaxing opportunities included a cup of Pukka tea, a massage with Rosie, a sound bath from Monika and Yoga with Simon.
The human library offered the opportunity to have the loan of a person instead of a book and find out about an interesting hobby, job or life style. One of the books on offer was Dr William Lee who has been involved with the Bloodhound SSC project which is based here in Avonmouth. The ambition of Bloodhound is to design a car which will go at 1000 miles an hour and at the same time engage children and young people in Science, technology, engineering and maths.
It was great to see so many familiar faces but we were also pleased to see people who were new to the community centre. We also had a visit from the Port Police and the Fire Service both of which were enjoyed by the children.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of local business, Thanks go to Nisbets, The Bristol Port Company, Professional Hygiene and Warburton’s who all contributed.
We also had support in the form of prize draw prizes from Koh Thai Tapas, Square Food Foundation, and Lawrence Weston Community Farm. The public health team, Avonmouth children’s centre team and St Andrews church also work hard and contributed to the success of the event.