Wel­come to city’s sum­mer of fun

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Town Hall View - John Holdich

The school sum­mer hol­i­days can seem like end­less fun when you’re young, but they can be chal­leng­ing if you’re the one re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing the chil­dren en­ter­tained.

If you’re two weeks in and won­der­ing how you’re go­ing to sur­vive the next month, don’t worry, there’s lots hap­pen­ing in the city.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing ed­u­ca­tional, the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust’s popup lit­er­acy hub on Bridge Street is worth a visit. Chil­dren can de­sign posters, help write a Peter­bor­ough fam­ily cook­book, read a story in the book cor­ner or take part in arts and crafts.

The pop-up shop is a great idea and builds on the ex­cel­lent work of the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust which has con­trib­uted to a marked in­crease in the num­ber of pri­mary school chil­dren that en­joy read­ing.

Just across the road at Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum they’re cel­e­brat­ing the works of Roald Dahl with a pro­gramme of events that in­cludes the chance to ex­plore outer space, make your own choco­late cre­ation or have a go at cir­cus skills.

If you’d like to get the chil­dren out­doors then Trav­el­choice’s sum­mer fi­esta could be the an­swer. Still to come is an out­door cy­cle cinema show­ing of Dis­ney Pixar’s In­side Out at Hamp­ton on Satur­day, fol­lowed by a car­share cinema screen­ing of the lat­est Star Wars film at Peter­bor­ough Gar­den Park on 12 Au­gust. All the events are free and en­cour­age peo­ple to use their cars less and walk, cy­cle or use other forms of trans­port that are less harm- ful to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Trav­el­choice team will also be at PECT’s Green Fes­ti­val on 13 Au­gust of­fer­ing you the chance to make your own boats out of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als or bat­tle it out in a Rol­la­paluza cy­cle sprint.

One of the most ex­cit­ing events is the Cel­e­bra­tion of Youth Day or­gan­ised by the lo­cal branch of the YMCA which is tak­ing place in Cathe­dral Square on 21 Au­gust. There is an enor­mous amount of tal­ent amongst our young peo­ple which I see all the time at events such as the re­cent chil­dren’s film awards. This event is a fan­tas­tic way to give our young peo­ple the chance to show off their tal­ents and for oth­ers to be in­spired to de­velop their skills to achieve great things.

I hope I’ve pro­vided you with some in­spi­ra­tion - I’ve only just scratched the sur­face. In ad­di­tion, the Key Theatre will be host­ing Key Youth Theatre’s sum­mer mu­si­cal, you can travel back 3,500 years with a visit to Flag Fen and the Lido is great on a sunny day. Ferry Mead­ows is a fun day out too.

It’s prob­a­bly not one for young chil­dren, but don’t for­get we have rock leg­end Bryan Adams play­ing the Em­bank­ment to­mor­row - tickets are still avail­able.

In the next few weeks the pop­u­lar CAMRA beer fes­ti­val re­turns (23 to 27 Au­gust), swiftly fol­lowed by the Clas­sic and Vin­tage Ve­hi­cle Show on 3 and 4 Au­gust and the Ital­ian Fes­ti­val the week­end af­ter bring­ing a taste of the Mediter­ranean to the city.

From time to time I hear peo­ple say there’s not much to do in the city. I hope I’ve shown you that this couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

If you have an event tak­ing place that you’d like me to men­tion, let me know and I will try and in­clude it in next week’s column.

Iwas proud this week to learn that we’ve been nom­i­nated for Coun­cil of the Year in the As­so­ci­a­tion for Pub­lic Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence awards. This is great news and recog­ni­tion of the level of in­no­va­tion that our of­fi­cers are de­liv­er­ing on be­half of res­i­dents in chal­leng­ing fi­nan­cial times.

I must also say a big well done to our Care & Re­pair Home Im­prove­ment Agency Ser­vice which has been awarded the Na­tional Foun­da­tions Col­lab­o­ra­tion Award at the Home Im­prove­ment Agency and Handyper­son Ser­vice Awards 2016. The team was also highly com­mended in the In­no­va­tion Award cat­e­gory.

Each year the team helps 4,000 peo­ple through the handy per­son ser­vice, 1,300 peo­ple with mi­nor aids and adap­ta­tions, and 500 through the larger jobs scheme.

The sup­port they pro­vide makes such a dif­fer­ence to so many peo­ple so to see the agency re­ceive na­tional recog­ni­tion is fan­tas­tic.

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