ST Matthew’s Church, Edgeley, held a recent community open day and more than 200 people came together to celebrate the best of what the community has to offer.
Bringing together churches, residents and community groups, this annual event provides an opportunity for people to meet face to face with representatives from groups that can support them with life’s struggles and to showcase community groups that they can join to learn new skills and make new friends.
This year, there were around 30 groups and activities on offer, including free face painting and crafts for children, painted toast, a dance display from an Argentine tango group, puppet shows and a fire engine, as well as the opportunity to speak with local councillors, members of Age UK, The Prevention Alliance and Signpost for Carers.
Reverend David Brewster, vicar at St Matthew’s, said: “There was a real buzz throughout the whole event and it was wonderful to meet new people, as well as catch up with old friends from the local community.
“This is one of the biggest events of its kind in Stockport and we are very grateful to everyone who came along to show their support.”
Coun Philip Harding added: “The community open day at St Matthew’s Church, Edgeley, was another great success.
“There were several groups and organisations passing on information to local residents and exchanging information with each other, as well as having an opportunity to just sit and chat. I think it was a very useful and enjoyable community event.”
●●Sidney, two and sister Georgia, four, enjoying the fire engine visit
●●Councillor Sheila Bailey and the Rev David Brewster
●●PCSO Janine Thompson, Pam Robinson, community development manager at St Matthew’s and PCSO Paul Golton