FAMILIES are being encouraged to join in a music and food festival.
Rowner Community Trust had looked to hold a small barbecue but interest in the event grew and the festival next month will now have more activities and entertainment.
The Midsummer Gathering, in Gosport, was able to be organised thanks to the charity Locality giving £1,000 to the trust. The money also means the trust can offer people living in the Grange ward a meal voucher for a free barbecue.
Chief officer of the trust Iain Lucas hopes the event will begin to show off Rowner, and Grange Farm where it is being held.
He said: ‘I’m surprised it’s grown from a two-liner sentence to something that can bring together our community.
‘We thought having a barbecue would be nice, but we wanted to get local food producers in to help and then we considered entertainment and it’s exploded.
Events like this will give people confidence to come together.’Iain Lucas
‘Ultimately social media has gone wild about it; it is a going to be a great day for everyone involved.’
The Rowner Community Trust is an organisation that works alongside residents.
Acts during the celebration include Lilo’s Wall and a group display from the Rowner Youth Arts and Media Centre. There will also be storytelling and head-dress making for children.
Rowner councillor Tony Jessop said: ‘This will be extremely significant as we are getting more new faces coming to the area and it’s changing the way people view Rowner as it used to have a poor reputation.
‘Grange Farm is one of the most beautiful and biggest areas in Gosport and this will be perfect to get the whole area together.’
Iain added: ‘You can’t always wave a magic wand to get people together, but events like this will give people confidence to come together.’
To collect your food voucher bring a proof of residency and ID to Nimrod Community Centre.