Celebrating 70 years of Warfield Park
On Saturday 17th June 2017, together with our residents, their families, and friends, we celebrated 70 years of Warfield Park with a 1940’s themed party as a thank you for our residents’ continued support.
After weeks of planning, the day kicked off with blazing sunshine and an army of helpful volunteers ready to set up for the day ahead. We cannot stress how special our residents are and the extra hands were invaluable in setting up the seating and marquees.
Thanks are also due to Slade’s who very kindly lent us a number of hay bales from which we created makeshift sofas and extra seating. We had no idea how popular the hay bale sofas would be!
The event began with teas, cakes and scones on the lawn, with entertainment from the Two Nightingales, who wowed us all with a mix of 1940’s hits whilst John Farr and his partner danced the jive. The bar was kept busy offering real ale, Pimms cocktails and lager.
Residents made some kind donations of 1940’s memorabilia including WWII newspapers, food and clothing ration books, rent books and a gramophone. This enhanced our display which included old photographs of the Park to show how far it has evolved over the last 70 years.
Children enjoyed playing with many old fashioned games including Tin Can Alley, Coconut Shy, Skittles, Hop Scotch, Garden Dominoes and Face Painting. There was also an outdoor cinema which played 1940’s Tom and Jerry cartoons, Looney Tunes, and a Pathé newsreel from 1947. We were also lucky enough to display a 1934 Austin 7 RP Box Saloon and a 1947 Morgan Series One.
After a short break following the afternoon’s festivities, the evening commenced with John Farr on the decks who played floor filler after floor filler of hits from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The residents danced the night away fuelled by a light buffet and drinks.
It was lovely to catch up with so many of our residents and see them having so much fun, especially as a great number dressed up in 1940’s attire!
The kind donations from residents meant that we were able to raise a total of £762.00 for the Bracknell Night Shelter which provides temporary drop in accommodation for the homeless in the winter months.
Saturday 17th June 2017 will go down as a day full of community spirit, fun, laughter, music and dance!