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Greasley Gathering 2024

The 9th annual Greasley Gathering took place on Monday, May 27th, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre in Newthorpe, NG16 3QN.

Published: June 11, 2024

The Greasley Gathering was a day filled with family fun and offered something for everyone.

Broxtowe Mayor Sue Patterson opened the 9th annual Greasley Gathering by thanking longstanding organiser Rita Pickering and her dedicated committee of volunteers who made this event the Greasley staple that it is today.

Our main venue, the Greasley Sports and Community Centre, hosted a wide range of activities, including live performances and interactive games. Face painting, circus skills, and taster sessions for various activities were enjoyed by attendees of all ages.

There was a variety of delicious catering options available. From savory dishes to sweet treats, the selection catered to every palate. The Revving Chef served mouth-watering chicken wings, baked potatoes with a variety of toppings, and fresh pizza made on the spot. Traditional fairground foods like burgers, chips, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches were also on offer. Sweet treat stalls were scattered throughout the site, featuring cakes supporting the Dementia Choir, honey from our local ‘Bee Man,’ and the always-popular ice-cream van.

Adding a nostalgic element to the event, iconic double-decker ‘Red Buses’ provided free tours of Greasley. These buses took visitors from Watnall through Newthorpe to Giltbrook, stopping at local pubs, parks, and churches along the way.

Each stop featured special events or entertainment, celebrating the community spirit of the day. The Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, hosted a variety of stalls and served hot food and refreshing drinks all day. The Hayloft, Giltbrook, offered a live music performance and their exclusive pale ale, while the Queens Head ,Watnall, served homemade food and cask ales. The buses also made stops at Reuben Shaw’s Garden Centre, St. Mary’s Church and Parish Oven, and Colliers Wood.

For younger attendees, a variety of exciting rides and attractions were available at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre. These rides provided safe and thrilling experiences, creating lasting memories. We also showcased a selection of classic cars for visitors to admire, despite the changeable weather affecting the turnout of open-top vehicles. A large climbing wall challenged visitors nerves and was popular throughout the day.

The Greasley Gathering was more than just a day of fun; it was a celebration of our community. The event featured stalls from local craftspeople, charities, and community groups, providing an opportunity for residents to connect, share their passions, and enjoy a sense of camaraderie.

To ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees, the East Midlands Free Wheelers and Blood Bikes were present to provide first aid services throughout the event. Known for their dedication and professionalism, the Free Wheelers team was stationed in our first aid room and at their outdoor stall, ready to assist with any medical needs, ensuring everyone could enjoy the festivities with peace of mind.

Greasley Parish Council took on the bulk of the funding for the Greasley Gathering to keep this beloved event running for many years to come. Thanks were also due to local businesses and establishments that contributed to the event, including The Horse and Groom, Queens Head, Hayloft, Reuben Shaw Garden Centre, Gillotts Funeral Directors, and Beauvale Priory.

A significant contribution to the success of this year’s Greasley Gathering came from Councillor E. Williamson, who generously provided a donation from her County Councillors Fund to support the event. These donations helped fund various activities and attractions, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for all attendees. This kind gesture underscored their commitment to fostering community spirit and bringing people together for a day of fun and connection.

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