Gannow Community Had A Cracking Time

BPRCVS bringing some early festive cheer

Saturday 11th November saw the first Gannow Christmas Cracker take place at Gannow Community Centre, Burnley and it turned out to be real cracker.

Residents from the Gannow community and beyond came out in force to enjoy some early festive fun with the family. Around 250 people visited Gannow Community Centre throughout the event with some even coming back for a second time. There was a buzzing atmosphere around the centre and the excitement in the children was clear to see.

One local resident who had recently moved to the area said she had driven past with no idea what the building was about. She thought the Christmas Cracker was brilliant and great to see the community together with so many people.

Over 40 children visited Santa in his Grotto and got to tell him what they would like for Christmas this year. Each child that visited the Grotto received an advent calendar and a small lucky dip present. A chocolate Santa hunt outside around the grounds of the centre had the children really excited as they ran around looking in bushes, trees, window sills and doorways searching for chocolate Santas.

Spiderman and favourite characters from the popular animated films Despicable Me and Frozen were at the centre all day bringing unlimited joy and excitement to the children.  The pair danced with Juice Samba Band in the surrounding streets in the morning, bringing many residents out to join in the fun!

Burnley Leisure put on activities for the children to participate in while their parents shopped around the 17 Christmas craft stalls in the craft market. The market had a wide variety of local crafters selling their beautifully handmade crafted goods. Many visitors purchased unique Christmas cards and decorations. There was jewellery, knitted goods, perfumes, plaques, and much more.

One of the regular groups who use Gannow Community Centre, Pyramid Self-Help Group put together a lovely festive menu for the day. Plenty of people enjoyed a relaxing time in the lounge tucking into a turkey and cranberry wrap and mince pie, washed down with mulled non-alcoholic wine.

A tombola with over 100 fantastic prizes to be won proved incredibly popular with two competitions also running on the day. Well-done to 7 year old Sidney Pennington from Burnley for winning the spot the cracker competition and congratulations to Iris Willis and 9 year old Megan Grace McEvoy, both from Burnley, for winning the creative arts competition. The winning entries of the creative arts competition will have their entry framed and displayed in the centre. Borough Councillor, Charles Briggs said, ‘That was my first Christmas party for a couple of years. I would just like to say I am very grateful to you all for putting Gannow Community Centre on the map. An added bonus was that I won a lovely prize in the tombola!’

Although not a fundraising event, BPRCVS still managed to raise over £100 which will be put into the BPRCVS Young Carers project which aims to help and support young people who find themselves being a carer to a their parent or other family member.

BPRCVS would like to thank all the local and national businesses, private individuals and community groups that supported the Gannow Christmas Cracker by providing donations for the tombola and competition prizes. Thanks must also go to the BPRCVS volunteer receptionists for their tireless endeavours in contacting businesses for donations.