Press Release: Ringwood Family Fun Day - a Massive Success Story!

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Ringwood Family Fun Day - a Massive Success Story!

The Free Ringwood Family Fun day was a massive success according to organisers and visitors alike. After weeks of rain Bickerley Common was looking rather like a bog in the days leading up to the Fun Day, but the prayers of the organisers were answered when the river level receded and the sun shone drying most of the Common. During the day over 4000 people visited the HOPE: Across the New Forest event and many were amazed that it was a totally FREE event. Not only that but the sun shone throughout the afternoon creating a summer festival feeling to the fayre. All exhibitors gave their time, and goods, free of charge in an act created to bless the Ringwood community in which they lived. There was so much to see and do from Classic Cars to Fire Engines, Face Painting to Bouncy Castles, Arts and Crafts and lots of free food, cakes, drinks and ice creams! Even the Display teams in the arena and live bands who played the festival stage all gave their time absolutely free! Event Organiser Revd. Adam Skirton said, “it was an incredible event, the ground at one end was rather soggy so we had to move everything to the other end but it was all great. So many people kept asking why we did it for free, but this was just a small reflection of the love of God which was freely given to us.” Speaking live-on-air in the outside broadcast facility of HOPE FM, Bournemouth’s Community Radio which was onsite throughout the afternoon, Skirton spoke with great verve of the Ringwood Churches who had united together to put on the event, with backing from the Council and local businesses. Even the helpers in their matching blue tee shirts were all volunteers, all very happy to be there, to help and advise people with their olympic ‘Games Makers’ spirit. Moorlands College in Sopley also released its students to serve Ringwood as part of the practical outworking of their theological studies. In fact around 150 students were working at similar HOPE 2014 events throughout the whole of the New Forest.

HOPE 2014 is the brainchild of Moorlands Graduate, Roy Crowne, now Executive Director of HOPE Together, the organisation created to stimulate churches across the United Kingdom to work together in unity for the good of their local communities. The local initiative to roll out HOPE 2014 across the New Forest was taken up by LEAF: The Local Evangelical Alliance in the Forest. Pictured below are Ringwood Organiser Adam Skirton and LEAF Administrator Brian Edgeley outside the HOPE FM facility after being interviewed on air about the vision and inspiration behind the day. “It’s great to see people working together for good” said Edgeley, “and especially good to see the Church uniting to bless the community in which they are called to serve”.

Speaking after the Ringwood Fun Day one visitor Sally Piper summed it up in a nutshell saying “my young son is autistic and we have never been able to attend an event before but he did me proud today and with your kind and understanding organisers I was able to attend my first ever FAMILY FUN DAY... thank you so much, you don't understand how much it meant to me". And that is what HOPE 2014 is all about; the church working together to bless its local community.


Organiser Revd. Adam Skirton and LEAF Administrator Brian Edgeley

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