What a day!

Started a little murky, but by 12 o’clock the sun had come out, and brought sunshine to the event.
And what an event- much bigger and much better than in the previous years. Lots of things to do for families, lots of entertainments, creativity and refreshments.
The Stormtroopers were a hit – no dancing though! And there was something very imposing about Darth Vader.
The buses ran continuously from 11.30 until 5.30, as Blackmore Commercials brought 3 drivers and 3 clippies with them, so that there were no breaks. We are very grateful to the company for thinking of this. This is the first time we have used them and they were an asset to the day.
However the day would not have been possible without sponsorships and donations. We are extremely grateful to the following for their contributions:
Broxtowe Borough Council
Greasley Parish Council – grant and use of facilities
Councillor Phil Owen

Gillotts Funeral Services for providing volunteers as stewards
Warburtons for tea cakes and crumpets
The following made contributions for the Tombola:
Boots
Sainsbury’s, Kimberley
Thorntons
Blue Monkey
Denby Pottery
Crich Museum
White Post Farm

Programme for the day

10.00 am Open to the Public

Moorgreen Colts Under 6s exhibition match.

10.30 Ilkeston Brass Band

10.45 Arrival of the Mayor of Broxtowe and the Mayoress

11.00 Opening of The Greasley Gathering

11 -2pm Moorgreen Colts ball skills and challenges

11.15 and 2.00pm Dog Agility Display

11.30 London buses arrive

12.00 Glee Choir in the Parish Hall

12.30pm Don Chambers – Children’s magician in the Sports Hall

1.00 – 2.00 Taekwondo Display and Workshop

There are many other entertainments taking place throughout the day: Alex-Walkabout magician, Wonder Wheels Workshop, Inflatables and fun rides, Guests from Starwars, Playworks, Woodturners, numerous activities and stalls. And more……

ALMOST there…

The red London buses will start running from 11.30am until 5.30pm. The starting point will be at The Greasley Sports and Community Centre on Dovecote Road.  Special Greasley Gathering bus signs will be placed at specific bus-stops along the route. Please be aware that the buses will not run after 5.30pm.
Rita - map 1 2016

Just a leaflet to show what is going on and where…….
Flyer 2016

Generous donations!

IMG_0114 ggapril 2016 001 IMG_0113 (1)

(from left to right: Mayor of Broxtowe, Susan Bagshaw, Chair of Greasley Parish Council, Margaret Handley, County Councillor, Philip Owen presenting their donations to Paul Tordoff and Rita Pickering)

Without the kind donations from Broxtowe Borough Council, The Greasley Parish Council and local County Councillor, we would not be able to hold such a fantastic event.

2016 GG 001

Don’t forget the date for your diaries…30th May 2016

Greasley Gathering 2016

They’re back again….two of them

busesThe red London buses have been hired and we’ll be  seeing  two of them ferrying people all over the Parish of Greasley.  This year the company providing the buses are Blackmore Commercials Ltd, based in Nottingham. The festooned buses will help to promote the festive feeling of the day.

 

What else is new this year?

  • Music – the Ilkeston Brass Band will be there to entertain throughout the day

A family orientated brass band based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. They were formed over 80 years ago, originally  as the Stanton Ironworks Band. As well as the main band they have a training band, both of whom we hope to see perform.

band

  • bikeThe Wonder Wheels Workshop – so you think you can ride a bike?

Have a go on this amazing collection of weird and wonderful bikes: uni-cycles, Penny Farthings, bendy bikes, tall bikes, small bikes, fun-wheels and more. Ride the  unrideable bike!

Magicfrom our resident children’s magician Don Chambers. Did you know that Don is the longest serving member of  the Nottingham Guild of magicians?

 

AND….so you don’t get bored while waiting for the bus we have another magician Alex Michael. You need to be really sharp to spot his tricks. Alex is also a local award winning ‘close-up’ magician, who combines comedy with his magic.

Some surprising visitors from Star Wars!!

What else will be there?

  • The colourful Inflatables
  • The classic cars
  • Displays of Dog Agility
  • Display by local Taekwondo club
  • Playworks with their creative crafts, art and play activities
  • A variety of stall
  • Some things to eat