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Small grants help to bring communities together in Becket’s Park

Published: Monday, 24 July 2017

Communities will be coming together for Northampton’s first Mela celebrations thanks to the support of the Borough Council’s small grant fund.

The Mela, a family orientated community gathering, will take place in Becket’s Park on Sunday 30 July after the local park group, Buddies of Becket’s was awarded £3000 from the small grant fund. The event also has support from Northamptonshire Police, the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

To encourage people to visit Becket’s Park and enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment, the Council is also offering free parking in nearby car parks, such as St John's multi-story car park and Midsummer Meadows car park.

Sikh drummers and Bhangra Blaze, a keep fit craze set to Bhangra music, will open the free entertainment at midday. The live and diverse show will continue until 4pm and will include singer Ajitpal Pali, gymnastic displays, Irish dancing, fashion shows and stalls offering crafts, food and drink and information about local organisations.

Cllr Anna King, the Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to support Buddies of Becket’s Mela project from this year’s small grants pot.

“Community events like the Mela are a great way of bringing the public together to celebrate diversity and we encourage people to head to Becket’s Park and enjoy the wide range of free entertainment taking place this Sunday.”

Nick Stephens, Chairman of Buddies of Becket’s, said: “After feedback from park users and local residents we decided to organise a community event this summer.

“Although [email protected] has an Asian theme, performers from all different communities will be on stage. We have Bhangra and Bollywood style dancers, classical Indian dancers and a singer along with Irish dancers, African and Russian performers.

“There will be an opportunity for people to participate in some sporting activities and many food, craft and information stalls will also be in the park. There will be lots of other entertainment taking place and it is all free to the public.”

Visit @bobnorthampton for updates about the Mela at Becket’s Park.

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