Bolton: Jubilee fundraiser at Walmsley Parish Church

HUNDREDS of residents celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee in style in a community hall, which included a special visit from the Mayor.

The celebrations took place in the parish hall of Walmsley Parish Church and were complete with booths, face painting, games, refreshments and live music.

Supporters plan to continue raising funds to support the kitchen and toilet upgrades and other improvements at Walmsley Community Hall.

In total they aim to raise £50,000.

Hall manager Gemma Gardiner said: “We are so happy that we were able to celebrate with our anniversary event.

“We have been blown away by the generosity of local people and businesses and have some fantastic prizes for the day.

“And we’re excited about the participation and for so many of the community to come together.

Walmsley Parish Church Meeting Hall: Great turnout from local residents and amazing work from all the volunteers who got involved.

“Seeing the hall so full was just beyond what we could have expected.

“There really was something for everyone, from live music and refreshments in the hall, to games and booths on school grounds, to anniversary crafts.

“It was definitely an unforgettable day.”

Many of the stalls were run by volunteers in and around the community.

One stall in particular featured a range of jams including Dark Old English and English and Five Fruits, both of which won bronze at the Worlds Original Marmalade Awards in Cumbria.

The Bolton News: Kath Rushton and Audrey Mason with their cake and jam standKath Rushton and Audrey Mason with their cake and jam stand

As part of the fundraiser, there was also a special raffle where people won bath sets, wine, chocolates and more.

Other activities included a tug of war on the school field, sack races and light archery.

The Bolton News: Sammy Banks in her elemental face paintSammy Banks in her element face painting

The Main Hall was filled with entertainment from the Junior Jubilee Singers; stargaze dancers; jazz and rock music over the years by Anna; New Rosemere Singers; Disney Favorites by Kathryn; followed by singing along.

Cllr Sam Connor and Nadeem Muslim also came to show their support for the community.

The Bolton News: Cllr Sam Connor with Cllr Nadeem Muslim and newly elected Mayor Cllr Akhtar ZamanCllr Sam Connor with Cllr Nadeem Muslim and the newly elected Mayor Cllr Akhtar Zaman

Cllr Nadeem Muslim said: “It’s a really strong display of community pride and pride in the UK, which is particularly important after all the lockdowns.

“It’s a one-time event.”

Cllr Sam Connor added: “People want to come out and be together, celebrate and be part of the community.

“The community at Bromley Cross has been busy decorating the village and showing the community spirit.

“It’s nice to do something for the local community.”

The Bolton News: Volunteer Jamie Lee with his mother Angela with kindly donated vintage Mr Fitzpatricks sodasVolunteer Jamie Lee with his mother Angela with kindly donated vintage sodas from Mr. Fitzpatricks

During a speech, Mayor Cllr Akhtar Zaman said: “I am very happy to see so many of you here.

“And I feel very privileged and honored to be the first citizen of this great city in the Platinum Jubilee year.

“I think on a personal level this is the greatest honor of my life.

“I think community centers like this play a very important role in bringing our communities together by hosting events like this that promote community cohesion, help local businesses and also contribute to community life in general.”

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