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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

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