A few of the entertainments and activities:
A few of the entertainments and activities:
… for their generous donations and contributions. Without these contributions the day just would not happen.
Broxtowe Borough Council
Greasley Parish Council for a donation and the use of the Sports and Community Centre for the day.
Cllr. John Handley Cllr. Tony Harper Lawrence Vets
EMC (Watnall) East Midlands Kitchens EH Caswell
Aero Fabrications (Watnall) The Lamp Cabin – P. King Reuben Shaws
Cllr. K. Rostance – PA System GTM Traffic Management – Awsworth
Thorntons Blue Monkey Tap and Growler
Hidden Bakery Mrs. B. Willimott K and S Brady
Warburtons Horse and Groom Royal Oak
Queen’s Head Forester’s Arms New Inn
…the sun came out and the crowds came in. This was the best one to date…helped by the fantastic flypast at the closing of the event.
The Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr. Derek Burnett and his wife, opened the event, escorted by the Stormtrooper and the music from Star Wars played by the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra. Also in attendance was the Chair of the Greasley Parish Council, Cllr. June layton.
There was plenty to entertain both young and old. The Climbing Wall was a firm favourite as were the bikes powering the Scaletrix cars. The ever popular Dog display amused the crowds. The two choirs, Rock ‘n Soul Singers and the Atmosphere Glee Choir also gave superb performances. The return of the Wobbly bikes saw many attempts to master them, and caused much laughter.
More classic cars attended the event some of whom went for a WW2 theme.
The red London buses ferried people to the other venues; the timetables worked really well this year and the venues reported record crowds.
Once again the Scarecrows through Moorgreen provided a bit of fun as people walked from one venue to the other.
And the sun continued to shine….
Colliers’ Wood hosted the mining cave and the Friends of Colliers’ Wood provided information and activities.
Then at 2.33 precisely the engines of the Hurricane were heard. It circled around the event 3 times, dipping his wings on the last lap, before he flew towards Langley Mill. Whilst the band played appropriate music. A wonderful sight and a great finish to the day. The Hurricane was also seen over the other venues – Greasley Parish Church, Horse and Groom and Beauvale Priory.
How can we top that…we could try again for a Flypast for next year!
Our thinking caps are on and we have already different things up our sleeves.
All ready for the big event. Weather is looking good for the day!
Miner’s cave will be set up at Collier’s Wood from 10.00am – come and have a go. Visit the Friends of Colliers’ Wood marquee.
PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre:
10.00AM Open to the public
Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo playing
10.30am Opening by Mayor of Broxtowe
10.45 – 11.15am Rock ‘n Soul Singers Sports Hall
11.15 – 11.45am Dog Display Grassed Area
11.45 – 12.30pm Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo
12.00 – 12.30pm Don Chambers – Children’s magician Parish Hall
12.30 – 1pm Rock ‘n Soul Singers Sports Hall
1.00 – 1.45pm Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo
1.15 – 1.45pm Glee Choir Parish Hall
1.15 – 2.15pm Karate Display and Workshop Sports Hall
1.45 – 2.15 Dog Display Grassed Area
@ 2.30pm Flypast by RAF Battle of Britain Hurricane
2.30 – 3.00pm Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo
As well as the timetabled events there are loads of other activities to try; stalls to browse around and refreshments in the Parish Hall. Greasley Gathering’s own ‘Pick – a – Bag’ for adults and children can be found in the Parish Hall.
The Racing Room is back and this year a Climbing Wall. The Wobbly bikes are back too – see if you can master them!
See the line up of Classic cars: ride on the red London bus through the Parish. Walk the Scarecrow Trail through Moorgreen. Stop off at Reuben Shaw’s for a drink. See the entertainments provided by the Horse and Groom, Queen’s Head, Royal Oak, Hayloft, New Inn and Forester’s Arms – there’s something different in each pub … live music, karaoke, BBQs, bouncy castles… some starting early, some a little later.
Ride on the bus and stop off at Greasley Church for a visit and its Craft Fair.
So much to do…so much to see….. and then the Flypast at @2.30pm.
A great day for the family to enjoy.
The RAF have confirmed that they are able to have a Flypast over the Greasley Gathering, subject to conditions being right – really exciting as we tried last year and were not successful.
Also new this year is a climbing wall which will be based at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre and the Miner’s Cave at Colliers’ Wood.
Back for a second year is the very popular Racing Room -where you pedal a bike to make the Scaletrix cars race round the circuit. If that is not appropriate the Wobbly bikes are back for you to master.
A bus time-table will be displayed on the buses and at the bus stops to ensure buses aren’t missed. Please be aware that the buses will not run after 5.30pm.
We would also like more classic cars, so if you know someone with a classic car get them to bring it on the day.
Not long to go, so make sure you get the family together and come and have a great time. Don’t forget – admission is FREE and the bus rides are FREE. Watch out for the posters….
We are extremely grateful to the following who have given us grants, made donations or given in kind (to date):
Broxtowe Borough Council; Greasley Parish Council; Cllrs. J. Handley and T. Harper; Lawrence Vets, E.H. Caswell Ltd; Aero Fabrications; Lamp Cabin; East Midlands Kitchens; QC Catering; EMC Engineering; GTM(Go Traffic Management); Warburtons; Thorntons and The Hidden Bakery, Blue Monkey Brewery: Reuben Shaw’s; Horse and Groom (Moorgreen); Beauvale Priory (Moorgreen); New Inn (Newthorpe); Royal Oak and Queen’Head in Watnall
Always on the look-out for something new, this year’s Greasley gathering is all set, booked and ready to go!
Great activities, great entertainments and a great family atmosphere….
The admission onto the site is free…the bus rides are free…and many of the activities are free – the Racing Room bikes are back and this year there will be a Climbing Frame at the site, and a miner’s cave at Colliers’ Wood.
The red buses are booked and will be timetabled for this year.
Keep looking at what else will be available!
Unbelievably the rain stopped at 10.15 and started again at 3.00pm; enough time for people to come and enjoy the day.
The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Halima Khaled, opened the event at 10.45am and later enjoyed the ride on the London bus, going upstairs for a good view of the journey.
The buses were popular and the activities were very well attended. The Racing Room was a constant attraction, as were the Circus Skills. The Nottingham Youth Jazz Combo provided lively musical entertainment throughout the day. The choirs were greatly enjoyed by the public, in particular the Glee Choir whose programme in the Parish Hall proved very entertaining and later the return of the Community Choir, as popular as ever.
In the Sports Hall, the Rock ‘n’ Soul singers, a new choir added to the entertainments for the day, also drew the crowd. As did the Children’s Magician, Don Chamnbers…he not only had a crowd of chldren around him but also a large number of adults who were entertianed by his magic!!
…and the Creation Station, a stop off point for children to make something special and take it away with them, ran out of some of the activities they had on offer! A very popular stall.
A big thanks to all our volunteers, who made the day run smoothly.
And to those who through donations of goods, money, and time contributed to the event, enabling it to take place:
Broxtowe Borough Council Greasley Parish Council Greasley Sports Hall staff
Lawrence Vets QC Catering EMC Watnall
Gillotts Funeral Direstors Kevin Rostance (PA SYSTEM) Cllr. Barbara Willimott
Boots Thorntons Warburtons
Blue Monkey Brewery Reuben Shaw
Horse and Groom (Moorgreen) Queen’s Head (Watnall) The Royal Oak (Watnall)
New Inn (Newthorpe) The Forester’s Arms (Newthorpe) Hayloft (Newthorpe)
A special thanks to Blackmore Commercials – they don’t just provide and drive the buses but give us valuable feedback on how to improve the services.
Some photos from the day: