Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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