With any event, you can organise everything apart from two things. The weather and people turning up. The working group behind organising Porthleven’s picnic in the park had everything sorted for a fantastic day. However, mother-nature decided to provide liquid sunshine by the bucket load on the evening prior and morning of the event.
On the day, the working group met on a very boggy field full of hope and optimism. We soon realised that no matter how many checks on the weather forecast, or looks to the sky, it was not going to stop raining any time soon. It was now 9:30, and the event was planned to start at 12 noon.
The field was definitely a no-go, so we were left two options of either cancelling, or finding an alternative venue. Faced with these two options, cancelling was ruled out. Someone mentioned that if the Queen could stand for over four-hours in pretty awful weather, we could find an alternative.
A call was made to the public hall booking secretary to see if the hall was available. Thankfully it was, and within minutes an alternative plan was put into place. The only way we could tell people of the change of location was using the various social media sites, and local radio stations. The worry was how many people would be see and hear the message in time.
Now with the keys to the hall many volunteers turned up to offer assistance to help decorate and set up the hall for the now aptly named Picnic in the Hall. Within two hours, the hall was set up and looking like this location had been planned in the first place. It was a heart-warming sight to see so many people helping to get the hall ready. With everything set up, we awaited to see if anyone would brave the weather and turn up.
We should not have feared, as by 12:15, the hall was packed, with people queueing to get in. Even though the hall was packed, everyone was in good spirits and did not mind the lack of space. People squashed up to fit in as many seats at the throws of tables, with many people standing between the rows, or at the side. I was told later that so many knew of he change of venue was down to everyone ‘reposting’ our Facebook message so many times.
The Mayor of Porthleven opened the proceedings at 12:30, and did a wonderful job at comparing the various acts and events throughout the day. The first act was Porthleven School’s signing choir. This was a remarkable sight, with the children getting a huge round of applause at the end of their act. This was followed by the Porthleven dance group, and then various bands who were more than happy to entertain everyone.
The children had lots to do during the day with face-painting and crown making. The cake competition went ahead with some fantastic entries. Sandra, from An Mordros Hotel won the adult category. Near the end of the day the crown parade took place with a late category entry of ‘older’ children. It was slightly worrying to see so many ‘older’ children wanting to make a crown! (pictures below)
I can honestly say the event was a huge success with some many people coming together to enjoy the day. Now no one can argues the great community spirit Porthleven has, especially if there is a late change to the plan. I was glad to be part of the day. So thank you to everyone for making this event so special!
Huge thanks should go to the working group of Annette Shaw, Neisha Harding, Leigh Yates, Becci Distin, Charlene Bastedo, Damela Storbeck and the Deputy Mayor, Sue Johns for leading this group. And to the people who turned up to set up and clear away!
Various pictures from the event (it is a shame I can’t post many of the children pictures because they are some of the best):