Hope Pops Up! Grant success from Penrith BID
A great report from Parish of Penrith on a grant they received from BID: “Last year The Parish of Penrith were very grateful to receive an award of £370 in April 2021 towards the cost of Outdoor Pop-up events run at Christ Church by our Children and Family Project.
This grant was to enable us to purchase dome tents and various craft materials and plants.
The aim of the Pop-up events was to develop an increased sense of community, make more
use of an under -used space In Penrith (Ie Christ Church grounds) and have an ongoing
activity for visitors to enjoy ie Treasure Trails around the grounds.
The plan was to run the Pop-up events in the lead up to Easter and continue on various
dates over the summer. We held two in the Easter holidays, one Saturday in May and four in the week commencing 26 July. Numbers increased at each event, partly due to the fact that we could welcome more as COVID restrictions eased but mainly due to word of mouth
In the July week we had 47 different children attend with 37 adults and 14 leaders involved during the week. The children had the opportunity to do 18 different crafts during that week and participate in three different hunts and trails. They also enjoyed puppet shows …one child even insisting her parents ran to the church to be there on time!!
The shelters helped us to identify specific areas for each craft and ensured we could keep going through showers. At the end of week picnic a comment was made about the strong sense of community. In fact, they have been so popular that we continued them in October when more new families came along and we are now planning another for December and more into next year.
The various treasure trails were obviously available for people whenever they were passing
through or some may have gone especially because we had advertised them. Christ Church
is a Grade 2 listed building so visitors to the town are likely to wander up there. A lot of
people, both visitors and local people, use the footpath through the churchyard. We cannot
tell how many families did follow them, however the trails were very noticeable (lots of
coloured leaflets and posters) and very accessible and we did receive good feedback from
some that had.
We are grateful to Penrith BID for their role in enabling this.”
Fantastic work – we are proud to be able to help our community.