For many years, summer in Peasedown St John would see several organisations hosting summer fetes and fun days. Because of the sheer number of them, attendance figures were always low as people felt unable to support them all. The final Peasedown St John Village Fun Day on the Recreation Field was held in 2008, with both St John’s Church and the local Methodist Church also deciding to end their annual events.
In the October of 2008, during one late afternoon at Peasedown Youth Centre, the first ever Party in the Park meeting was held. The newly formed loose group were brought together by local Councillor Nathan Hartley. They included representatives from those groups that had hosted events before, and a collection of brand new people who wanted to get ‘stuck in’.
From the early beginnings of pulling together ideas on a large sheet of flip chart paper the Peasedown Party in the Park brand was born. The first event, pitched as a grand family fun day, was opened in 2009 by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis and held in the new location of Beacon Field. With a small stage for musical performances and around 1,500 people attending, this was a great start to a string of successful festivals.
After each year modifications were made, committee members came and went, and new ideas were generated to attract sponsorship and promotion for the event.
In 2012, the Party in the Park team hosted their 4th event, and thanks to a large dose of Diamond Jubilee spirit over 3,000 people came along to take part in the historic occasion. It was the most successful to date.
Over the years, many initiatives have been born under the Party in the Park brand. All of them are influenced by the team’s desire to make a difference in Peasedown all year round, not just for one day during the summer.
As well as the Summer Party in the Park, the team also co-ordinate:
• Christmas in the Park, held each December and full of festive spirit.
• The Party in the Park Grant Fund, some of the funding raised at events is re-distributed back out to community groups.
• The Sara Holley Community Award, launched in memory of one of our first community members who passed away at a young age and who was passionate about the village she grew up in.
• Staying for the Weekend, a new initiative that promotes tourist attractions, businesses and local services for visitors around the time of the summer festival.
• Be Part of It, a volunteer initiative scheme for people to sign up to so they can receive accreditation from their volunteering at Party in the Park events.
The future continues to look bright for Party in the Park. The team have been recognised at several award ceremonies for their efforts and dedication, and continually look for new ways to promote the aims and objectives of the brand:
• Building community spirit in Peasedown St John
• Bringing people together
• Putting Peasedown St John on the cultural map
This website features lots of information about how the team are making a difference in the community, now and in years to come.
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