Ilkeston & West Hallam - A Fun-filled Weekend
w/e 23 July 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

There are some weekends when there are no official events organised, then there are others such as the one of July 15th/16th when there is so much going on that the choice seems endless. We were busy on Saturday morning doing our voluntary stint on St Mary's Coffee Bar but after lunch made our way to Cotmanhay.

Beauvale Drive Play Area

On Beauvale Drive Play Area the Arena Church had organised a family fun day with children’s games, crafts, a bouncy castle, free refreshments, face painting and sporting events.

There was also a children’s entertainer on hand to keep everyone amused.
Serve Day

Advertised as a "Serve Day" it was "A chance for the Arena Church to love and serve the community".
Summer Fayre

At the same time as the Arena's event the League of Friends at Ilkeston Hospital were holding their Summer Fayre where there was another bouncy castle as well as a trampoline to keep the children entertained but also a selection of classic cars for the older generations to inspect.
Rotary Club

The Rotary Club members were kept busy providing food for many of those attending.
Dance Divas

Gazebos had been erected with several local businesses raising money to support the hospital in its invaluable work and displays were well received on the car park. Dance Divas with several age groups performed their routines to the enthusiastic crowd - the youngest group picture here.
Victoria Park

Sunday was a busy day with a family get together but we did find time for an evening stroll in Victoria Park.

Derwent Valley Wind Band

The Derwent Valley Wind Band gave a concert on the refurbished bandstand with a selection of popular melodies. We particularly enjoyed the medley from "The Sound of Music".

On Saturday there had also been the Fire Station Open Day which we didn't have time to fit into our schedule nor did we get to West Hallam for the opening of the Well Dressing Festival. Although we missed the main event the Well Dressings were on display all week so we knew we would be able to see them later. When we did get there on Monday, we found the Elvis, thirty years after his death, had in fact left the building but could be seen outside the old village school hall.

The annual Scarecrow Trail runs in conjunction with the Well Dressing Festival and at Scarecrow Headquarters another anniversary was being celebrated with a depiction of the first heart transplant by Dr Christiaan Barnard on Lewis Washkansky who survived for 18 days in 1967.
School Square

We may have missed the crowds on Saturday but while we were there, we were joined by about 90 schoolchildren who were being led around the village by their teachers to view the well dressings and the scarecrows, some of which they had been involved in creating. Well it's better than sitting at a desk any day especially when the sun is shining!

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