Families from Glebe Road enjoyed a successful street party last month, opening the event to the whole village!
The party followed the success of last year’s celebration, providing an opportunity for neighbours to get together for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. And with circus acts, a live jazz band, bouncy castle and barbeque, there was certainly enough to keep everyone occupied.
Much of the entertainment was provided by the residents themselves with Sarah and her All Stars ‘Trad Jazz’ band performing all afternoon. Artist Cameron Bennett was also kept busy capturing children, adults and even pets in caricature!
Families from Cuckfield Pre-School playgroup did a roaring trade selling cakes and refreshments, while children were given lessons in juggling, diablo and spinning plates from Dodgers Circus.
The idea for a street party came when Glebe Road resident Sheila Gilbert won an Affinity Sutton ‘Shine’ Good Neighbour Award, after being nominated by a fellow resident.
“I won £1,000 which had to be used for the benefit of the community,” said Sheila. “My first idea was to buy a bench, but then we came up with the idea of a street party.” The event was such a success that Sheila, and friends June, Sarah and Jo, soon decided to organise a second event this summer.
“We were delighted to get generous donations from Affinity Sutton and Stirland builders which enabled us to stage the event this year,” said Sheila. “We also had some wonderful raffle prizes from village businesses including Cuckfield Golf Centre, JoJo Boutique, Cuckfield Pet & Country Store and the Wheatsheaf. I’m sure it won’t be long before we’re busy planning and fund raising for next year’s event!”
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