The sign of a good party is when people are willing to walk through the pouring rain to get there! Saturday’s Hyland Village Park Block Party was a huge success.
The festivities began with “Music Therapists for Peace” Sue Baines and Steve Cottrill from the Double Rainbow Ensemble sharing the gift of music and song. They stepped aside a few times for others to step up to the microphone, including a beautiful rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” by one of the children.
Out in the rain, children played on the “Friends of the Grove” slackline and playhouses.
This event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Katheren and Paul and their friends, family and neighbours.
Katheren expresses her thanks and invites others to consider hosting similar parties in their neighbourhoods:
“I so blessed to have been able to follow a small dream and help hold a block party for my friends and neighbors here in Newton. Tere were so many beautiful moments shared between folks-young and old. I smile broadly as I think back over the day! Thanks ever so much to everyone who lent a hand – it takes a community who want to strengthen bonds to have and enjoy a day like that. It was super easy to apply for a grant to fund this party. I recommend it to everyone who has neighbors!!”
As a Friend of the Grove, you are part of a network of Newton neighbours that will support you if you would like to throw a block party in your neighbourhood! In fact, between August 1 to September 17 the City of Surrey will also support you in hosting a block party! More information here. Give it some thought.
Many thanks also to the following people and organizations for donating door prizes or lending equipment or supplies: Espresso Café, City of Surrey, Old Surrey Restaurant, Newton Recreation Centre, VG Playroom, and Sylvia Zeelenberg.
Thank you also to the people that came from neighbouring townhouse complexes of Chelsea Gardens and Upton Place!
“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.” – Dorothy Height