'Hullabaloo' showcases Hucclecote's community
By David Wood
Where: Pineholt Village Hall, Bird Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester
When: Saturday, July 6, 12 noon to 2pm
The 'Hucclecote Hullabaloo' takes place on Saturday, July 6 - a day of community volunteering, and a 'showcase' for the dozens of clubs, societies and other activities that are available to local residents.
Every year hundreds of new people move into Hucclecote and it's not always easy for them (or for existing residents) to find out about the many activities that are available in the area.
The Hullabaloo solves this problem by showcasing almost all of the local clubs and societies. The event enables people to have a go and to join up with any that take their fancy.
The activities taking part this year include art classes, ballet school, bowling, Brownies, drama classes, photography club, face painting, gardening club, junior rugby, walking football, line dancing, zumba dancing, music for toddlers and two local nursery groups.
Event organisers Hucclecote Parish Council also want to hear from local residents about any new activities they would be keen to see set up in the area.
"So, for example, if some local people are keen to form a knitting circle, or they would like to see keep fit classes for older residents, or go on countryside walks - or anything else - we want them to let us know," said parish chair Andrew Pugh.
"There will be a giant 'Ideas for new Activities' noticeboard at the Hullabaloo. There should also be someone on hand to explain the grants that are available to help people launch new clubs and activities."
Many local residents are already involved in volunteering, so the Hullabaloo will also be showcasing more than a dozen new opportunities for volunteering.
In addition there will be displays from Age UK, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Friends of Churchdown Hill, The Jet Age Museum, the local police and fire brigade, and the NHS's Information Bus will be there.
"If residents need tips on home security, fire safety or their health they are encouraged to come along and meet the experts," said Mr Pugh.
Burgers and hot dogs will be available too, alongside teas, cakes, ice creams and soft drinks.
Earlier in the day local residents will take part in a volunteer-led parish-wide littler picking exercise. Anyone can volunteer to help on this - just come to the Village Hall at 10am and the organisers will provide the equipment and any guidance needed.
"The more the merrier - bring your family and neighbours and help us tidy up the parish," added Mr Pugh. "Everyone who takes part will qualify for a free BBQ lunch. Please wear suitable footwear and gloves, if you have them."
All the activities take place in or around Pineholt Village Hall in Bird Road, Hucclecote. The litter-picking blitz is scheduled from 10am to noon, and the 'showcase' then starts and runs until 2pm. The event is free to attend.
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