Spring sun and the promise of fun brought out the crowds to the Easter Eggstravaganza at Rockwell Green Primary School this week.
Organised by Wellington Councillor Andrew Govier together with social housing provider Knightstone, Somerset Skills and Learning, Tone Leisure and Wellington Children’s Centre, the event was billed as “a community fun day.”
Alongside activities for children – face-painting, an egg hunt, painting and drawing – a number of organisations were represented, all of them serving the community and there to provide visitors with information about available, accessible support and opportunities and, as Dr Claire Jennings of Wellington Medical Centre commented, “to draw the people together.”
Jessy Emery of Somerset Wildlife Trust brought along a box of snails and garden creepy crawlies for children to handle and examine. She explained, “Somerset Wildlife Watch aims to make young people more aware of the environment. We provide a service to schools and to other groups and have set up our own nature reserves where children can learn about the natural world and help conservation. We are also here to encourage adults to set up gardens as havens for wildlife and to restore habitats.”
Tim Lewis of Somerset Skills and Learning said, “This event is mainly for children but we’re here to make their parents more aware of what we offer in Corams Lane – including Business Skills and Computer courses.”
Avon and Somerset Police, Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Somerset Guiding, St Loyes Foundation which provides employment and training services for people with disabilities and chronic health problems, and Wellington’s newly refurbished Library were also represented.
Andrew Govier said, “We’re very pleased with the response today. A similar event at Cades Farm was successful so we decided to organise this Eggstravaganza. The main aim is to bring the community together to enjoy the day but we’re also providing access to information for people about providers of services that they may not necessarily be aware of.”