Kirkby Festival

Kirkby Festival

The 2014 Kirkby Festival on 5 July was a great success, bringing 4000 residents and 500 participants and volunteers together. 12 schools took part, as did local agencies, community groups and community volunteer organisations.

A grant of £1,000 from City Health Care Partnership Foundation helped the Festival to go ahead, paying for the hire of a marquee and the services of arts and crafts workers and face painters. The people who came to the festival enjoyed sports activities, learned some circus skills, got creative with arts and crafts, had their faces painted and enjoyed watching singing and dancing. City Health Care Partnership CIC provide Stop Smoking services in the Kirkby area.

John Fleming was one of the festival’s organisers and was delighted with its success. “It’s by far the town’s biggest event,” he said, “and we didn’t only provide entertainment, we gave people information about the services and activities that are available to them throughout the year.

“We had two large marquees for community groups and local agencies to give out information on health, the environment, employment, education and housing. Our volunteers also ran a catering marquee selling food at a minimum cost.

“The festival is a true community day for families to come together to enjoy free entertainment and activities. Kirkby is a town of high unemployment but has a strong community spirit and we are proud that our festival helps maintain and hopefully strengthens that spirit. We sincerely thank City Health Care Partnership for their generous support to this year’s event.”