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25 FEB

Giant waterslide will be back in town

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A giant waterslide is set to make a welcome comeback to a Moorlands park this summer. Leek Town Council is aiming to host it’s Party in the Park event – the first time in two years, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A giant waterslide is set to make a welcome comeback to a Moorlands park this summer.

Leek Town Council is aiming to host it’s Party in the Park event – the first time in two years, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And this year’s community extravaganza is set to be incorporated with the town’s Jubilee celebrations.

The event is being organised by the Leek Town Council Events Committee which is chaired by councillor Mat Swindlehurst.

In a report to fellow Leek Town Council members at their meeting on Tuesday, February 15, cllr Swindlehurst said: “Saturday, June 4 is the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, and there will be music in Sparrow Park. Events applications and RA’s are in, along with the road closures request for June 4.

Party in the Park. This is scheduled for Sunday, June 5. The waterslide, bar, fairground, toilets etc are all booked.

A marquee has also been booked to enable the Sunday Supplement Market to retain full use of the town council gazebos.

Sadly, there are no plans to stage a carnival. Roy and I are having a site meeting this Thursday with Ellen Henderson who is the Acting Commissioning Officer – Parks and Open Spaces. Event applications and RA’s will go in the following week.”

Also within his report focusing on town council events in Leek, cllr Swindlehurst told fellow councillors about the Writers Day which is being held at the Foxlowe Arts Centre on Saturday, March 19. The literature-focused event is set to include creative writing groups from Borderland Voices and U3a, as well as local authors.

Cllr Swindlehurst said: “David Cliffe will be talking about using historical research to write fiction, Bill Cawley will be talking about writing for the press and there will be a performance area for local writers and poets.

We hope to take some readings out into the town centre and I will report on this as plans develop.”

Cllr Swindlehurst also told councillors that plans are going well for both the rededication ceremony at St Edward’s Church’s War memorial on March 20; and also a series of concerts which the town council is supporting the Friends of Brough Park with.

Meanwhile, later in the year, Leek Town Council plans to host a ‘Local History Day’ on November 5.

Cllr Swindlehurst said: “Plans are still at an early stage but the day will include exhibitions, talks, local authors, films and photographic displays.”

The council will then be supporting the town’s Royal British Legion in hosting the annual Remembrance Sunday in town.

Cllr Swindlehurst ended his report with a sum up of how the town council has spent their share of the Government’s Welcome Back funding.

He said: “A mix of ‘good housekeeping’ and Covid restrictions has resulted in an underspend in the budget.

We have successfully vired some monies into the Local Writers Event and the Cockerel Benches.

It has been an understanding all year that this money had to be spent by the end of March, but unfortunately SMDC have only recently stated that their cut off is March 15.

This is the date by which all work must be carried out, and paid for, prior to submission to SMDC.

This brings some spending ‘up to the wire’ with regards to the benches.”

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