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Jam-packed fun day brings together Bretch Hill community

11 April 2016
Jasmine Taj

Bretch Hill residents have come together for a fun-filled family day out at a community event.

Sanctuary Housing teamed up with a range of partners, including Cherwell District Council, to fund a day of free exciting and interactive activities, organised by Oxfordshire Play Association and the Hill Youth and Community Centre.

The event, designed to bring communities together through play, included activities ranging from smoothie making and face painting, to human hungry hippos and tricky trail bikes.

With around 50 people attending the event, the idea behind the day was to showcase and give people ideas of simple activities that they can take home and use.

Martin Gillett from the Oxfordshire Play Association said: “We wanted to move away from having large items such as bouncy castles at the event and instead offered activities that people could do at home as a family. This seemed to go down really well and I hope everyone enjoys them.

“We’ve had some very positive feedback from the community about the event and we couldn’t be happier with the day’s success. There was a real sense of community spirit which was wonderful to see and we’re extremely grateful for the funding we were given to make the event possible.”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood manager, added: “Our neighbourhood team works in partnership with organisations like the Hill and Oxfordshire Play Association to help deliver community-led projects and events such as this.

“The play day was a huge success and enjoyed by so many local families. It was wonderful to see so many of the local community coming together.”

Jon Wild, Cherwell District Council’s senior recreation development officer for play and  young people, said: “The range of activities on offer for young people and families to get involved in was great to see and I think we achieved the aim of the day, which was to inspire families to have fun together in their community without having to spend a lot.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.