Village puts on two great days in one

Flinders Park, Donington'Fun day'Names: front - Lucas and Alicia Inglis, back - Melanie Bristow, Leah Bristow, Jo Gisby, Scarlett Foster, Molly Hodgson and Natea Gash
Flinders Park, Donington'Fun day'Names: front - Lucas and Alicia Inglis, back - Melanie Bristow, Leah Bristow, Jo Gisby, Scarlett Foster, Molly Hodgson and Natea Gash

DONINGTON was where it was all happening on Sunday as two major summer events for the village coincided on the same beautiful day.

The sun shone and temperatures sizzled for the Flinders Park fun day as well as the village’s Open Gardens day.

Fun in Flinders Park brought the whole village community together after it was postponed by a downpour on its scheduled date in June.

This time as a bonus Holbeach Town Band, having been booked to play in the park’s new bandstand anyway on the day, broadened the community event’s appeal to include both ends of the age spectrum.

Improving Donington for All (IDEA), which was behind turning a field in the village into the public Flinders Park with a dedicated children’s play area, organises the fun day every year to raise cash for developing it further.

The next project is to install a £25,000 playship in honour of the village’s own famous 18th century explorer Captain Matthew Flinders.

Karen Major, of IDEA, said: “Having postponed it from last month, Fun in Flinders Park worked out for the better, particularly as Holbeach Band was there anyway and brought out more of the older generation.

“There was a real cross section of all ages and music for all, with Donington’s youth club band Remains of the Day alternating with the brass music.

“All members of the community were represented. The village’s retained firefighters brought a fire engine along and the CPSO and police cadets manned a police tent, while teenage members of the Flinders Founders ran a tea tent and IDEA served up the barbecue.

“A flyover from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was the perfect finale!”

Meanwhile, 11 gardens were on show, attracting visitors to the village as well as residents, and raising around £400 for Donington in Bloom.

Donington in Bloom secretary Gill Lunn said: “Thank you to everyone who opened their gardens and thank you to everyone who came. It was a really successful day.”