Sun Party at The Old Library

Having fun at The Old Library

Having fun at The Old Library

Children, their parents volunteers and staff had marvellous time at The Old Library’s Sun Party on 23 June, a mid-summer children’s event in partnership with Dirt-Trax Ltd, Cornholme and Portsmouth’s mountain bike company.

The Sun Party launched The Old Library’s Bicycle Wheel of the Year: a series of community and bike events leading to The Grand Depart next July.

Dirt-Trax presents basic bike maintenance

Dirt-Trax presents basic bike maintenance

Dirt-Trax Ltd lent a helping hand teaching basic bike maintenance. Dirt-Trax’s Wayne and Rebecca with their children volunteered on the day and donated two of the three bicycle wheels that were decorated by all to be displayed outside of The Old Library. In the near future, Rebecca Lindley of Dirt Trax will lead guided bike rides for women from The Old Library.

Amanda Batty, Jackie Catenga, Chloe Stott, Rosie Lindley

Amanda Batty, Jackie Catenga, Chloe Stott, Rosie Lindley

Children were making sun masks, decorating flower pots, and creating bike collages.

Adam Hawkes and Thomas Hawkes

Adam Hawkes and Thomas Hawkes

Older children with the help of a balloon artist Dimitri Ogden made their way through an astronomy quiz.

Both adults and children had a chance to learn about Sun Safety from posters, leaflets and colour-in and word game sheets kindly provided by Cancer Research UK. The Old Library’s volunteer-run cafe was serving hot and cold drinks and cakes.

Adults are invited to record their quirky stories about the local area for the Tour de France’s “Yellow Booklet” – a book for international journalists with local facts in process of being put together by Welcome to Yorkshire. The Old Library is compiling the stories from residents of Cornholme and Portsmouth.

“Bicycle Wheel of the Year” will continue with Harvest Festival in the first week of October, drawing on the success of Cornholme Open Gardens Day (9 June). For Yule, we will be wassailing (traditional Carols with a twist) with a local artist Thea Soltau. Local community artist Jennifer Altman is organising a Candlemas Procession for early February 2014.

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