Almsford Community Fun Day a success for the whole community

Pannal Ash Junior FC had front row seats for the entertainment at the fun day. Picture credit: Almsford Community Fun Day.
Pannal Ash Junior FC had front row seats for the entertainment at the fun day. Picture credit: Almsford Community Fun Day.

Community spirit has been hailed the main attraction of a major community fundraiser for one of Harrogate's most celebrated football clubs.

United by a passion to support Pannal Ash Junior FC in securing £150,000 for a new community pavilion, crowds turned out in force to support the Almsford Community Fun Day yesterday.

Dozens of stalls, attractions and live music acts brought the Almsford playing fields to life, and organisers said a new pavilion would continue to generate this vibrancy and provide an important focal point for the whole community to come together.

Almsford Community Fun Day committee member Anna Woollven, said: "Having already made improvements to the ground, we are working hard towards our fundraising goal to build a new community pavilion on the fields.

"Not only will this be a great facility for our junior footballing teams, it will also be a shared space, available for use by the wider community.

"It is truly fantastic that our Fun Day has moved us several steps closer towards our vision. I initially became involved with the fundraising as one of my sons plays for Pannal Ash Junior FC.

"Our friends' children play too and the more involved I have become with the club, the more I appreciate the great sense of community spirit that prevails among the footballing families. The club will be a great resource for both future footballers and local people.

"From the football gala in the morning to the giant singalong in the afternoon, the day was a superb celebration of local community.

"The organisers would like to thank all the volunteers, entertainment acts, sponsors and most of all, the public, who made the first ever Almsford Community Fun Day such a huge success. The proceeds, still being counted, will make a significant contribution towards our fundraising campaign."

One of the most memorable and moving moments of the fun day was a mass singalong to Elbow's One Day Like This, led by the All Together Now Community Choir.

Choir member Lizzie Hughes, said: “As a community choir we always have lots of fun performing at events, but the Almsford Community Fun Day had a real buzz about it and it was great to see people joining in with the singalong.

"These kind of events really make you feel part of a community and I think the organisers did really well to create an event for the whole family.”

The event also boasted free entertainment from the NightJars, and popular local acts such as the Tewit Youth Band and the Harrogate Hornets cheerleaders.

Organiser and Pannal Ash Junior FC Trustee Kathryn Scott, said: "The Almsford Community fun day was a massive undertaking for the club and we are so pleased it went so well.

"It was a great demonstration of the local community coming together and having a great time on this piece of community land and shows that it can be used for so much more than football.

"The event has boosted our fund for the new pavilion and it may now be possible to start the building later this year. Events like this take an army of volunteers and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped out.

"A special mention to the local residents who came along in support and really made this very very special. So many people have asked us to do it again next year but we need to take a bit of time to think about it first. Watch this space!"