Easebourne Parish Picnic-in-the-Park
On a slightly overcast day, Easebourne Parish Council held the third community “Picnic-in-the-Park” event, bigger and even better than before, especially after the disappointment of not being able to hold the event last year. This popular and well attended social event was enjoyed by all whom attended and was supported by three musical sessions in the beautiful park Roundhouse from versatile local band, the B3s, led by Steve Ball and talented duo Ellie Baker and Tom Holder, both tremendous musicians.
The event was also supported by Easebourne scouts who provided hot drinks and bacon sandwiches, Deluca’s Ice Cream van, the Easebourne Primary School PTA who were selling pre-used school uniform, Birthday House residents selling knit-ware and knitted children’s toys and a stand manned by Friends of Easebourne Parish (FrEP) who were recruiting volunteers to assist with their litter-picking and other Parish green tidying duties.
Nick Haddock, the under 6s’ coach at Midhurst Rugby Club, held training sessions for youngsters. Additionally, there was a highly popular Dog Show run by David MacDonald-Lawson, where proud dog owners demonstrated their and their pooches skills competing for highly coveted rosettes.
The Parish Council gave out free soft drinks and answered parishioners questions.  Estimates indicate that the Picnic-in-the-Park was attended by around 300 local families. The event would not have been possible without the support of the Head of Easebourne Church of England Primary School, Johnny Culley and a host of willing councillors and other volunteers.
This event was an acclaimed success and will definitely feature as an annual community event well into the future.