Fam­ily pic­nic back by pop­u­lar de­mand

Com­mu­nity day will also feature mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Friends Of Lown­des Park is de­lighted to an­nounce that The Big Pic­nic In The Park is back – so bring your food, fam­ily and friends.

Lown­des­bourne Town Pic­nic, a com­mu­nity pic­nic for the whole of Che­sham, re­turns on Sun­day, Septem­ber 4 in Lown­des Park from 1pm to 4.30pm, and ev­ery­one is in­vited.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral pic­nic was a huge suc­cess with more than 1,000 pic­nick­ers. As soon as it had fin­ished, peo­ple started ask­ing when the next one was go­ing to be.

Chair of the Friends of Lown­des Park Michael Rowan, who came-up with the idea, was over­whelmed by the pos­i­tive re­sponse.

He said: “Peo­ple loved it so much, we couldn’t let them down, we just had to do it again.

“It’s an ideal way to have a free com­mu­nity event that is for the whole town. Come to­gether with fam­ily, friend and neigh­bours, spread out your pic­nic and en­joy the fab­u­lous park whilst be­ing ser­e­naded by some of our finest lo­cal mu­si­cians.”

Top­ping the bill in the Per­for­mance Area will be the Lown­des­bourne Singers, led by lo­cal singer Jes­sica Wills, who was one of the event’s stars last year.

She will be joined by so­prano Ella Dray­cott Kelly in per­form­ing well loved songs from opera, op­eretta, mu­si­cals and the 1940s.

Also re­turn­ing are the Chess Brass quin­tet, in­clud­ing lo­cals per­form­ers Ian Lynch and Richard Wain­wright.

A new sound for Lown­des­bourne will be Poth­war Mu­sic fea­tur­ing Mo­ham­mad Au­rangzeb, who is an award win­ning and in­ter­na­tion­ally known folk artist of Pak­istani cul­tural and folk mu­sic.

For the younger Che­shamites, St Mary’s Pre-school has vol­un­teered to run free ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing arts and crafts and a mini ob­sta­cle course.

The Friends is also de­lighted to be work­ing with the Buck­ing­hamshire Disability Ser­vice to in­crease ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the event and who will be in the park on the day pro­vid­ing sup­port for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

There will be a re­served seat­ing area and a spe­cial drop-off point for peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues.

The event is free thanks to The Friends Of Lown­des Park, Che­sham Town Coun­cil, Che­sham Ac­tion Part­ner­ship, Global In­fu­sion Group, lo­cal Che­sham Town Coun­cil and Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor Coun­cil­lors and other kind 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 to Lown­des­bourne Town Pic­nic.

“Whether you have lived in Che­sham for a day, a year, or your whole life, please do pack up your ham­per and come along and join in the fun be­cause it won’t be a town pic­nic with­out you.”

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