Reddish Vale Country Park
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Reddish Vale Country Park Summer Fun Day Countdown
July 19th, 2015
8-00am : Gloom in the Visitor Centre. It is tipping it down and we can hardly see the Viaduct through the hurling rain. There is no Plan B.
The Punch and Judy man rings to see if we are going to cancel.
9-00am : A glimmer of hope as the skies begin to clear. All may yet be well.
Three hours to go.
9-30am : Volunteers venture cautiously out onto the triangular field . Muscles are flexed and gazebos are erected.
10-00am : Simon from the Farm brings his tractor down with the straw bales he is lending us for seating. A fairly gusty wind is blowing.
10-30am : Stall holders begin to arrive. Savoury roasting smells from the The Hog Roast begin to drift over the river. We're off to a good start after all ! And the Punch and Judy man is already building his stage.
11-30am : The field is alive with excitement. Music is playing;the Climbing Wall
is ready for its first brave customers; throngs of people are already here and it's jewellery,cupcakes,penalty shoot-outs, Tombola, bran tubs, plants, beekeepers, hawks and owls, graffiti tee-shirts, Smoothie bikes, raffle tickets.
12-00 noon : Andrew Gwynne MP leads the countdown to the official opening as Punch brandishes his stick for the first time and Sheila from the Vintage Pearls begins her first set of foot-tapping retro songs.
'Que sera, sera' And what will be,was ! A fabulous afternoon in the sunshine.
5-00pm : Everything cleared away and Simon from the Farm brings his tractor to pick up the straw bales he has so kindly lent.
No litter; only a few wisps of straw left blowing around. Peace descends on Reddish Vale again. Till next year.
This is an event organized by The Friends of the Vale, who raise the funds which provide such Great Days for the community. The dedication and time of generous volunteers, are our most treasured assets. Without them none of it would be possible.
Apple Day 2015
Sunday September 27th
Everyone welcome, live folk music from the Old Vic Band, apple press, hot spiced apple juice and new for this year we have a mini zoo all in the community garden. There will be an art in the park session in the Visitor Centre.
If you can get down a bit earlier (11am near the viaduct) there will be a short ceremony to mark the completion of the river bank restoration work. The river erosion was beginning to threaten the ponds and the work will ensure the ponds will be protected.
As a thank you to all involved in the work an information plaque will be unveiled