Heart of Sidley says thanks

Heart of Sidley says thanks

Crowds flock to Sidley for community celebration!

Over 900 local people attended the Heart of Sidley Fun Day on Friday (16 August).

The popular, free, family event was held at Sidley Recreation ground, in Canada Way, Sidley.

Crowds flocked to enjoy a range of activities and their spirits were not dampened by the overcast weather.

On arrival, visitors were invited to join in Heart of Sidley’s free lucky dip with a host of great prizes for adults and children.

Everyone received a free Heart of Sidley water bottle and were encouraged to pop by the refill station where all water was kindly donated by Tesco Extra Hastings and Tesco Superstore Bexhill.

Housing association Optivo is a key partner and business supporter of the local Heart of Sidley community partnership. Its staff ran a stall filled with information for residents, ranging from Employment Support to training opportunities with Health Works and Finanical Inclusion information. And the organisation’s Resident Involvement Team were on hand to talk to residents about its services.

Fun activities on the day included a Penalty Shoot Out contest with The Pelham, Yoga with Younique, archery with Osborne, bouncy castles, mini golf and face-painting.

A number of organisations supported the day including Rother Voluntary Action, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Lions Club, Hastings Furniture Service, Southern Water, Fit and Fab Families, Active Rother, One You East Sussex, Bexhill Neighbourhood Gardening, the Sidley Cricket Club, Jaws n Claws, Tornado Twirl Stars Hastings and Targeted Youth Service.

The Sidley Scouts ran a tasty BBQ, while a fine Cream Tea was hosted by the Sidley Brownies.
For anyone needing some quiet time, Heart of Sidley provided a book corner to chill out in with a fantastic range of free books for the community to take home with them.

Rother Police were offering crime prevention advice and arranged colouring for the children.

The day ended with a big tug-of-war competition featuring the Heart of Sidley mascot, SID, against construction company Osborne’s mascot, Rosie.

Jay Carroll, Chair – Heart of Sidley, said: “It was great to see such community spirit with people of all ages coming together for a fabulous day out. It’s fantastic to hold a free event which can be enjoyed by the whole community. Thank you to everybody who attended, including Bexhill Mayor Kathy Harmer, and to all our lovely volunteers for their help. We hope you had an amazing time.”

If you would like to find out more about Heart of Sidley and how to get involved, contact Project Officer – Tanya Vice – heartofsidley@gmail.com or 07866046106.