St. Georges Day on the Millennium Green

The Big Lottery Fund asked that Garstang Millennium Green closed last year’s account with them and that we celebrated this with a community event that they would finance.

We did just this on St George’s Day; at the second attempt after being flooded out in September. We feared we might have had a similar outcome again. Not so. We prepared for rain as the forecasts predicted but it stayed fine and sunny. It was a great day.

The vice chair of Trustees Michael Halford introduced our guest opener Eddy Topping. Eddy is a regular user of the Green and Barton Grange is a prominent supporter. He praised the community commitment and the progress that had been made last year particularly. Eddy said that Garstang must be proud of this wonderful resource.

About 250 guests and visitors attended and over 200 people enjoyed a free meal wonderfully prepared by the Coffee Pot who specially prepared hot pea and ham soup for the day. The Treasure Hunt kept people busy searching for clues across the Green and the Jazz band entertained us wonderfully. Key attractions were the Corio raptors with their owls being the focus of attention, the RSPB enlisted new members as did the Friends of The Millennium Green. We learned to love the chocolate from the Free Trade stall who handed out free tasters of many of their products. The Garstang library service, Garstang Soroptomists, the Heart foundation, Garstang Lions and the Library Service all added to the flavour of this Community event. Garstang Show allowed us free parking that was supervised by Garstang Lions. New volunteers joined in to help with real gusto.

There are lots of people to thank and the managers of The Green are indebted to so many more people for their support that made it such a great day out.