COMMUNITY FUN DAY
Saturday 13th July
Celebration and fun unite our diverse community
- Hundreds flock to the Community Fun Day for a day of enjoyment uniting the whole community
- Young and old celebrate Tooting and Balham’s community spirit and enjoy eye catching attractions
Perfect weather, a great crowd and loads to see and do made the Community Fun Day on 13th July very special.
Everyone was there for the tenth annual Fun Day. Many hundreds of people from all faiths and cultures flocked in.
There were fun activities galore. Top draws were Tooting Healthy Streets’ ‘play street’, where kids revelled in street games, dazzling penalty shootouts from Balham Football Club and the launch of the family cycle ride organised by the Wandsworth Cycling Campaign and Healthy Streets to promote safe cycling for all.
Children loved the goats and sheep from Kingston City Farm, bungee jumping , the giant slide and non-stop table tennis from Ernest Bevin College, Sillie Millie the clown, face and henna painting and crafts. ‘Make your own smoothie’ bikes were a great attraction.
Local history group Summerstown 182 made a glorious splash of yellow as people made fabric daffodils to celebrate 1870s local figure Peter Barr – the ‘Daffodil King’ who created many of the daffodil strains we know and love today.
Somali, Caribbean, Arab and Indo Pak food were a great draw, along with home made cakes at the refreshment stalls run by the Al Risalah Trust schools and local churches.
Movers and shakers from Tooting’s buzzing community groups brought their campaigns and messages to a wider public – on homelessness, climate change, autism, supporting families and more. NHS teams raised awareness on living healthily and coping with health problems.
Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting, Jane Cooper, Mayor of Wandsworth, and the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, spoke praising the Fun Day’s community spirit.
Rosena Allin-Khan MP said:
“I’m always happy to be here in the heart of the community at the Community Fun Day. It typifies this incredibly special community, where everyone comes together regardless of their race or political group.”
James Grant of Tooting Healthy Streets said:
“Our pop-up play street showed how removing traffic and allowing children to play brings a street to life and brings the community together. It’s a simple way for us to lead more active, social and fun lives. The grown-ups reminisced about their own childhoods playing out. Kids asked when they could do it again. We’ll be looking for support for many more play streets in Tooting in the near future.”
Profits from the Fun Day go to support St George’s Hospital.
The Fun Day is organised by the Al Risalah Trust schools, St Augustine’s Church, Tooting and the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA).
We thank our major sponsors, Balham FC, Ernest Bevin College, Managing Care Ltd, the Salvation Army and Spice Village.
Thanks also to Barkers’ Chemist, Minar Jewellers, Tooting Daily PRSS and Tooting Rotary Club
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Fun Days have been held most years since 2007. Civic and faith leaders have praised the Fun Days’ contribution to building a cohesive, resilient community.
Funds raised go to support the St George’s Hospital Charity. Over the years, nearly £25,000 has been donated to St George’s.