Teddy Bears’ Picnic 2013

The group of merry residents met up to reminisce about our street party success at Christmas in the pub. After a few drinks, some bright spark suggested it would be good if we held another community day! So the preparations for the 2013 event started in February.

Our second event was a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, held on Saturday 8th June in Crabapple Meadow behind Leam Terrace. The sun was shining, the meadow was beautifully mown, and the generosity of local residents, friends and family was again overwhelming – donated tombola prizes filled the tables! Cupcakes were made, including some with a bear theme integral to their design. Many thanks to our stand-in cake judge – recruited from the pub the night before – tough job but someone had to do it!

Gazebos were erected, some easier than others – not recommended to borrow a double gazebo with no instructions.  Thanks to our emergency ‘gazebo helper’ who saved the day. Picnickers arrived, spread out their blankets, emptied their baskets and displayed their bears. The tombola generated lots of interest, as did the Guess the Bear picture quiz. Prizes were awarded for the cupcakes and the sports day commenced.

First up was the children’s sack race, which was followed by the ladies race, then the gents. It was unbelievably competitive, including one teenager hurling themselves over the finish line with a somersault! The children’s wheelbarrow race was run/wheeled… followed by outcry by a group of adults that there wasn’t to be an adult race. We hadn’t thought there would be a demand, but of course there was, so the race was run. Eggs and spoons were back by popular demand, enjoyed by all ages. Welly wanging was up next and wanged they were! The sport events were rounded off with the tug of war. The kids were up first and the girls took the glory. Then the big one: ladies versus gents:

Round 1 – the ladies pulled the gents over

Round 2 – the gents were more prepared and levelled the tie

Round 3 – with tensions running high, a few more female picnickers joined the ladies and yet again beat the men!

Faces were painted throughout the afternoon. The best picnic blanket was awarded a family of over 20 bears! A local group brought their traditional maypole and entertained the crowd. The afternoon was rounded off with a balloon release. Not such a windy day this year… but balloons still made it as far as Gloucester.

A great day was had by all and nearly £300 was raised for Myton Hospice.

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