Kingsgrove community in Wantage has gathered for its third annual Community Fun Day in Kingsgrove’s public square on Saturday, 30 September 2023.
The event was organised by a group of residents led by James Hodgson, a prominent member of the Kingsgrove Residents’ Working Group, and Anne Richardson, the Community Development Officer for Vale of White Horse Council.
From the dog show judged by Wantage Town Mayor to a fire engine display, hook-a-duck to a football challenge, the afternoon offered a variety of attractions. Over 200 attendees had the opportunity to explore the event’s craft stalls, including glitter tattoos and quilting, as well as take part in a fancy-dress competition.
Food options on offer included a local fish and chips van, The Happy Plaice, and a barbeque run by The Chequers. Representatives from St. Modwen, other developers and the management company attended to share information on upcoming development updates with residents and answer any questions.
Looking back on the efforts that went into organising the community day, Anne Richardson said, “Thank you to all the residents, local organisations and everyone involved for their hard work in helping to make this year’s community day a huge success.
“I’ve enjoyed being part of the team that has organised this event and am fortunate to be working alongside such amazing people who gave their valuable time and exceptional talents to help the day run smoothly. I had positive feedback from many on the day so I think we can all be very proud of what was achieved!”
As the evening drew in, the festivities continued with Wantage Community Church’s event hosted at Wantage Primary Academy. The evening featured a live band, Studio Six, an open mic session and a delicious hog roast until 10.00pm.
Paul Gander, Pastor of Wantage Community Church and involved in community development, shared his thoughts, stating: “The evening event was about residents from around Kingsgrove coming together, sharing food and enjoying some music together. The Church was delighted to see so many people joining us.”
Will Bayston, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “I am so glad this day is becoming a tradition for our residents, with more activities and resident contributions each year. We’re all very proud of the community we have built at Kingsgrove.”