Old and new fun

A SPECIAL fun day to bring old and new Portishead together is being organised in the town. Community spirited Claire Short, who moved to Village Quarter two years ago, is organising the event in a bid to help people in the town get to know each other bett

A SPECIAL fun day to bring old and new Portishead together is being organised in the town.Community spirited Claire Short, who moved to Village Quarter two years ago, is organising the event in a bid to help people in the town get to know each other better.The fun day is being held at the Parish Wharf Leisure Centre on March 3, from 2-5pm and is being jointly supported by churches in the town and Waitrose.Mrs Short said: "There is the perception that the new developments are not part of Portishead and I wanted to change that."There are people in Portishead who look across at all the new houses, but do not bother to come across."By holding the fun day I hope to get people together and build some community spirit and try and integrate the new part of the town with the old."The perception of the new area is that people are not there in the day and it is a dormitory town where people work in Bristol and only return in the evenings. But this is not the case as there are many families which have moved into the area."'It's a Knockout' style games will be organised as part of the fun day and teams are needed to come forward.Mrs Short said: "Making up teams will be a great way of putting different people together so they can get to know each other."There will also be hand massage on offer, meditation and a chill out zone where people can sit and chat over a coffee.The games will run between 2-4pm and there will be swimming between 4-5pm.Refreshments will also be served throughout the day.The event is free, but volunteers are needed on the day to help supervise games and serve the refreshments.For more information contact Des Williamson on 01275 840596 or Claire Short on 01275 848991.


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