Neighbours became friends and put the word ‘village’ into Peters Village when they met at the new community’s first ever residents’ picnic.
Organised by the newly formed Peters Village Sports & Social Committee it is now hoped it can become an annual event according to group creator, Stacy Carroll.
“The idea was inspired by all the families with children arriving at Peters Village, with the kids perhaps missing their old friends and keen to make new ones,” she said.
“They were soon on the bouncy castle, playing rounders, kicking a ball about, and there was a tug of war that the children played.
"The picnic (Sunday 1 September) was a real ice-breaker for mums and dads too. We already had some great networking going on with people phoning, emailing and Facebooking for advice on who to contact about various things once they had moved in, but we needed to be able to put faces to names.
“I put out a call for help and fellow neighbours Kim Willingale Burroughs and Rebecca Guerin-Hassett were first to lend a helping hand with ideas for the picnic. We leaflet dropped each home in the pouring rain and that’s when we also decided to move forward in setting up an official group to arrange community events.
“(Peters Village developer) Trenport gave us the go ahead to stage the picnic on the new playing fields and contributed to the cost of the bouncy castle. It was a great setting, but we didn’t want people to feel they should simply sit on their own blanket and eat the food they had brought, so we asked everyone to bring a dish to share on the community table.
“That was a hit. Everyone was soon mingling and chatting and enjoying other people’s home-made and shop bought goodies and that’s what convinced us we had to do it again. We are also talking about staging a Christmas event.
“We didn’t count numbers, but I think many households on Peters Village came along to the picnic at some stage, so I was really pleased with the turn out. It shows we already have a great community spirit with just over 200 of the proposed 1,000 homes occupied.”
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Above: Borough councillors Dave Davis (right) and Roger Dalton (2nd right) joined the fun.
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