Hundreds of people flocked to the Granville Centre over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate South Kilburn’s cultural diversity and community spirit at the South Kilburn Trust’s (SKT) annual South Kilburn Family Fun Day.
The event, which took place on Saturday 26th August, was held at the much-loved Granville Centre for the very first time, transforming the community space into a sun-soaked wonderland with fabulous entertainment, food and games for all the family.
The event has been hailed a tremendous success by the community with many people commenting that the day was a perfect lead up to the carnival weekend, setting a high spirited tone to the bank holiday and also reinforcing the positive message of community.
Guests commended the warm and intimate nature of the event as an opportunity to engage with local residents and neighbours and make new friends. Local resident, Beatriz Sanchez commented, “I’ve really enjoyed the event, it’s been great to mingle and meet new people. I think it’s really important to have events like this, I just wish they would happen more often.”
South Kilburn Trust Chief Executive, Mark Allan, said, “We look forward to this day every year. Not only is it a fun day, it’s also a unique opportunity for people to engage with other people from the community from different backgrounds and to get to know them better. The move from the Carlton Vale Open Space has worked very well and the feedback has been amazing. It was great to see The Granville being used in this way. We hope that the event generated some great memories that will stay with people for many years to come”.
Activities included giant size games, irresistible food and refreshments including jerk chicken, a range of interactive activities and raffle prize draw. To the amazement of the children attending, the main hall of the Granville Centre housed a range of inflatable activities such as a climbing wall, sumo wrestling suits and a giant bouncy castle.
Seven year-old Adam Ibrahim from South Kilburn said, “This is the best place ever! I rate it five stars.”
The achievements of the young people who took part in the Trust’s Youth Summer Programme were also highlighted with a presentation of certificates to attendees. In addition, founders of Granville Community Kitchen, Dee Woods and Leslie Barson were also recognised for their work at the Granville Centre over the years with a flower presentation by South Kilburn Trust CEO, Mark Allan.
Event highlights also included; local popular music band the The Friendship Quartet, Kloga dance, and South Kilburn based dance groups Josephine’s African Dance and Drum Studio and South Kilburn Fun Day regulars, The Talbot Dancers, while the ‘Tree of Life’ – a tree in the Granville Centre garden – prompted guests to write positive messages, hopes and aspirations about South Kilburn which were then placed on the branches of the tree and will remain there.
The South Kilburn Family Fun Day was supported by Network Homes, London Graphics and K2K Radio.
The Granville Centre will be developed into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space over the next year as part of the Trust’s redevelopment plan for the Centre. It will also serve as the new home of the South Kilburn Trust. For more information visit: http://www.southkilburnnw6.london/hub.
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