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Banbury festival is a big success

24 August 2016
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The sun shone down on Bretch Hill yesterday when over 400 people visited Princess Diana Park for Banbury’s annual fun-filled SummerFest.

A jam-packed day of activities

Hosted by the Sunshine Centre and with support from Sanctuary Housing, Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) and Cherwell District Council, this year’s summer festival was full of exciting activities, ranging from tug of war and woodland activities to storytelling and dance performances.

Visitors were able to enjoy some delicious delights provided by Naomi’s Café whilst others packed a feast for themselves which they devoured in the picnic zone. They also had the opportunity to learn new recipes for quick lunches and produce their own DIY picnic from the Banbury Cooking Skills project.

“A big thank you to the local partnerships”

Martin Gillett, manager of OPA, said: “SummerFest was part of a series of events that took place across Oxfordshire in 2016 offering both free entrance and activities to ensure an inclusion for all. A big thank you to the local partnerships that worked together to deliver this year’s SummerFest. The aim of the event was to improve physical activity, health, aspiration and community spirit by using the medium of play and I think, thanks to all the partners, this was more than achieved.”

“What a fantastic day we had”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, added: “All those months of hard work in the run up to the event all paid off and what a fantastic day we had. Our support for this event continues our work to ensure our residents live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and I think it’s fair to say, judging by the feedback we’ve received, the SummerFest did just that.”

Thanks also go to Banbury Charities, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Banbury Town Council for their support with the event, as well as the many other local organisations that contributed.

This event was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, and will also form part of the council’s Brighter Futures in Banbury Programme.