At the end of September, Chances4change Eastbourne supported the Friends of Shinewater Park with an Asset Based Approaches Grant to link with local community groups and park activities to put on Shinewater Heritage and Nature Mini Fun Day.
Working with Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Fest and linking with East Sussex County Council Archaeology, a fascinating Bronze Age Heritage Walk was led around Shinewater Lakes, the site of an internationally significant Bronze Age settlement, harbour and causeway. To support this Heritage Eastbourne provided Bronze Age demonstrations of crafts and foods.
Young people were invited to get involved in a scooter and skate competition, where winners were awarded prize. It was also an opportunity for YMCA DownsLink Group youth workers to chat to local kids about the Shinewater Park Mural youth art project, which the Friends are hosting.
Forest School activities, cooking bread and crafting were popular as were nature and eco demonstrations, Tai chi and yoga taster sessions and a great dance performance by local dancers. The afternoon was topped off by a great set from the Ukeholics Ukulele Band.
The Friends of Shinewater Park want more people to get involved so more community events like this can take place in the park, with the aim of improving facilities and creating a community space for everyone to enjoy. If you'd like to get involved, please contact Jim Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07968 149 159.