One Ilfracombe would like to thank all those who attended their inaugural community fun day which took place on Saturday on Ilfracombe seafront.
The event was led by One Ilfracombe’s Town Team and included a Chip Pan Fire Display by the Fire Service, finger-printing and ‘arrests’ by the police together with displays from Ilfracombe majorettes, T-shirt design from ‘Seize the Moment’ and a Treasure Map. Children were also entertained by an informative show from Exmoor Zoo which included a tarantula, giant beetles and a meercat.
A number of organisations were able to engage directly with the public including North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA) and Virgin Healthcare who provided lots of healthy snacks as part of their healthy eating in children promotion. ‘
Members of One Ilfracombe’s Health & Wellbeing team were available on the day to talk about the new Neighbourhood Health Watch scheme and a number of volunteers came forward from the community to take part.
Councillor George Squires, Mayor of Ilfracombe, said: “It was a great way of letting the community know what is happening with our town. I particularly enjoyed the interaction with our youngsters and even though it seems just a bit of fun there’s a lot of learning about our town – make it an annual event.”
Councillor Lynda Courtnadge, ITC Community Engagement Champion, added: “It was an entertaining and educational day for all ages, residents and visitors alike. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity it lent for real interactive community engagement, actually getting out and talking to people and I firmly believe One Ilfracombe Community Engagement Co-ordinators Jan Kennedy and Sarah Hiscock’s presentations and engagement, each in their own field enlightened many people about the aims and work of Ilfracombe Town Council and One Ilfracombe.”
Sarah Hiscock, One Ilfracombe Community Engagement Co-ordinator added: “Events like this are essential for our community to see and hear what’s going on. It was a pleasure to meet so many residents and visitors alike and to hear people’s opinions and aspirations for Ilfracombe.”
Jan Kennedy added, “It was great to see so many people enthusiastic for being involved in supporting their neighbours with a Neighbourhood Health Watch. We’ll be getting in touch with the volunteers over the next couple of months.”
All proceeds from the One Ilfracombe Fun day, including the all of the takings from Carol Dabney’s Bouncy Castle, were donated to Belle’s Memorial Fund.