Grab a blan­ket for town pic­nic

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

IF you go down to the park this week­end you are sure of a big sur­prise.

The fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way for the Friends of Lown­des Park’s Lown­des­bourne Town Pic­nic, which takes place in Lown­des Park, Che­sham, on Sun­day (Sep 6) from 1pm to 4.30pm.

The event will com­bine a free clas­si­cal con­cert in the park’s Per­for­mance Area with a com­mu­nity pic­nic for the whole town.

Clas­si­cal mu­si­cians and singers, led by Che­sham’s town crier and opera singer Jane Dodd, will per­form well known pieces, while the owner of Ahead Tu­ition, Umar As­lam, will keep the lit­tle ones en­ter­tained by run­ning free ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

The idea for the pic­nic is to com­bine the suc­cess of the two pre­vi­ous Lown­des­bourne con­certs with an idea first mooted on the OurChe­sham Face­book page by chair­man of the Friends of Lown­des Park, Michael Rowan, about or­gan­is­ing a town pic­nic, which was well re­ceived by mem­bers.

The Friends hope that Che­shamites from all com­mu­ni­ties will bring their sarnies, spread out and en­joy the mu­sic as they chat to fam­ily and friends old and new.

One of the or­gan­is­ers Kate Hutchin­son said: “It’s an ideal way to have a com­mu­nity event that is for the whole town. All you have to do is bring a pic­nic, en­joy a free con­cert of well-known mu­sic and songs and it’s great way to spend time with your loved ones. And, as al­ways in Che­sham, you are bound to bump into peo­ple you know!”

For those who might like a lit­tle some­thing in ad­di­tion to their pic­nic, there will be a beer tent run by Anna and Zoe Roll in aid Break­through Breast Can­cer, tea and cake pro­vided by The El­giva Cafe as well as an ice cream van.

Che­sham’s guerilla knit­ters have also been busy pre­par­ing for the event and have cre­ated some new ad­di­tions (pic­tured), which will be on show at the event.

The event has been spon­sored by the Friends of Lown­des Park, Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son, Che­sham Ac­tion Part­ner­ship, Waitrose and other donors.

Mr Rowan added: “The sup­port for this pro­ject from lo­cal peo­ple has been over­whelm­ing and the Friends look for­ward to wel­com­ing the en­tire town. Please do pack up your ham­per and come along and join in the fun be­cause it won’t be a town pic­nic with­out you!”

Che­sham’s guerilla knit­ters have also been busy pre­par­ing for Lown­des­bourne Town Pic­nic and have cre­ated a new cre­ation, which will be on show at the event


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