I WAS part of the Good Neighbour Sunday afternoon event on Midland Oval on May 27.
There was a lovely, calm, sociable buzz. The Salvation Army food van and the Midland Anglican Church of Ascension emergency relief volunteers provided free sausage sizzles, while other groups provided free raffles and giveaways.
There was no need for money on site. All the stall holders were not- for- profits, local groups or churches who were joining in the activities to be part of the Midland community.
It was a wet weekend but the weather mercifully cleared enough for the event to be run and there was constant music on stage from local bands and the Spirits of the Street Choir.
500 free sausages were enjoyed by about 400 people who came and went during the afternoon and the event showed us just how simple and fun it can be to be in community. It was also great to be on the Oval and enjoy this space in the centre of Midland, with all sorts of people who clearly relished being on the green. It was an inaugural event and the organisers are looking to run this again in March 2019, plus 50 families gave their names as interested for a community carols event on the Oval in December.
Let's pray that happens – the last time there was a carols event on Midland Oval was in the ’ 80s and we all know it's a great time of year to celebrate hope and love with our neighbours.
Our lives can become increasingly isolated by modern technology and urban lifestyles, but the hunger to be in community and to ' back' one another is one of the most human of needs, and something we can all contribute to through events like this. FRANCESCA IRWIN, Woodbridge