Community picnic and parade after cash boost

CELEBRATIONS: Events in Moor Nook throughout the summer, following the BIG Lottery funding boost
CELEBRATIONS: Events in Moor Nook throughout the summer, following the BIG Lottery funding boost
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A community is set to celebrate a summer of fun with a special picnic and parade next weekend.

Families are invited to the Grange Park event, organised by Moor Nook Together, after a BIG Lottery win earlier this year.

CELEBRATIONS: Events in Moor Nook throughout the summer, following the BIG Lottery funding boost

CELEBRATIONS: Events in Moor Nook throughout the summer, following the BIG Lottery funding boost

Bluestreak Arts, who produce theatrical and performance works in Preston, received a grant of £281,741, so they could deliver a three year creative community development project in the city estate.

Project director Sandra Abreu-Bourne said: “The community picnic is part of the project delivery we are doing called Moor Nook Together, which is a three-year project funded by the BIG Lottery.

“We got granted the bid this year and the project is scheduled to run for three years.”

Events have run throughout the summer across Moor Nook following the funding boost, and organisers are now working on plans for the special picnic.

CELEBRATIONS: Events in Moor Nook throughout the summer, following the BIG Lottery funding boost

CELEBRATIONS: Events in Moor Nook throughout the summer, following the BIG Lottery funding boost

Sandra, who is in charge of delivering the project, said: “We’ve been running some activities across the estate which we are culminating together into a community picnic celebratory event, which will also include a community parade.

“We’ve had some young people making puppets and working with samba drumming.”

The event will run from 10am to 4pm on September 13, with a parade from 10am to 11.30.

Sandra said: “There will be lots of activities on Grange Park.

“There has been some amazing art works worked on with young people in the estate.

“It’s about engaging and strengthening the community.”

Cabinet member for community and environment with Preston Council, Coun Robert Boswell, encouraged families to join in with the special picnic and parade.

He said: “This will be a great family and community event and I urge people to support and take part in the parade.

“The money that Bluestreak Arts have received from the BIG Lottery through their Reaching Communities Fund can only mean good things for Moor Nook with this being just one of the exciting and dynamic events that will be going on in Moor Nook.”

Organisers are also working on ideas for the future, with winter plans already taking shape.

Bosses are hoping to create a field of poppies on Armistice Day, and also a cross-generational tea dance on November 20.

They are also planning an illuminated winter parade in December for the local community.

The project received cash from the Reaching Communities fund, to allow Bluestreak to deliver the scheme.