Stop the press: Free community event ‘Fordingbridge Coronation Picnic in the Park’ to be held on the 7th of May

Fordingbridge Events Group and Fordingbridge Town Council have announced some of its plans for the Coronation Big Picnic event, which will take place on the 7th of May from 2:30pm to 10pm to celebrate the King’s Coronation & to mark the 100th anniversary of the Recreation Ground.

The picnic is free to attend and free parking for the Sunday in the town car parks has been confirmed by the New Forest District Council. Additionally, there will be free car parking at the event managed by Fordingbridge Rotary Club.

The family event has been organised by the Fordingbridge Events Group volunteers with members of the town council with the aim of creating an event organised by the community for the whole community.

What’s on?

A ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Recreation ground will take place at 2:30pm with the help of the Town Cryer, and then from 3pm, the picnic will take place on Fordingbridge Recreation Ground. There will be various entertainment including fairground rides, slides and bouncy castles which has been made possible thanks to the Town Council and Fordingbridge Events Group who received a grant from the County Council. There will also be live music performed all day by a variety of different bands with the headliner being paid for by a local resident as a gift to the town.

The Fordingbridge Events Group have paid for a marquee to house the ‘Fordingbridge Arms’, which will be staffed by local volunteers, serving drinks to raise some funds that will go back into the organisation of future summer and Christmas events.

Although there will be food and drink available on site, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnics and drinks to join in the fun! Please note, portable BBQs or open fires are not permitted on the recreation ground.

At 6pm, the town’s beacon, which was installed last summer at the Jubilee picnic, and which was paid for by local businesses, will also be lit.

Coronation

Additionally, there will be some stalls showcasing local associations and community groups.

Cllr Pete White who is Chair of Fordingbridge Events Group, said: “We are really looking forward to another community event. The feedback that we received from the last Jubilee event and the Christmas event has been extremely positive. We are all agreed that we want to put the pandemic as far from our minds as possible. With this in mind, we are already planning other future events and are looking at how we will fund these. As an events group, we haven’t run a fundraising event* since before the pandemic hit and so we thought running the bar would help us put some more money into our kitty so we can create some more events for local residents.

“We are also looking to increase the number of volunteers and people that can help us with running these so please come and speak to one of the Fordingbridge Events crew at the picnic or get in touch by email – we’d love to hear from you. We’re now sorting final plans and fingers crossed for similar weather to the Jubilee event last year!”

Mayor Anna Wilson added: “We are really looking forward to a great celebratory day on the recreation ground which is also widely used by residents and community groups alike. It’s a fantastic space that we have and so it seemed fitting to celebrate the centenary of being able to use it.”

More details/information about the day can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FordingbridgeEventsGroup/at fordingbridgeevents.com and from the town council website.

If you are local community group or association and want to be involved in the event, please email the events group at [email protected]

Notes:

*Fordingbridge Events Group has previously used the Fordingbridge Festival to raise money to fund its other events. The last Fordingbridge Festival was held in 2019.