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Richings Park Events Team 

Richings Park Events Team is a team of our residents who are dedicated to building the community through their love of socialising - their common purpose being to make Richings Park a more enjoyable and valued place to live, by :

 

  • Creating regular opportunities for the community to meet and make connections in the local area.

  • Ensuring our community is inclusive and built on relationships: families, adults, old, young, everyone!

  • Arranging events for the whole community with ongoing fundraising as the thread that brings us together.

  • Creating a surplus of funds to help increase event opportunities – where some are paid for, and others are subsidised.

  • Working as part of the Richings Park Residents Association.

 

What have we been doing recently ?

We have had a dedicated team for this last Centenary year who have been planning events since the Summer of 2022. 

We have organised and carried out the Centenary Launch exhibition on the 4th of November 2022 about the early days of Richings Park where the Sykes brothers had the vision to create a new community. This exhibition was opened by the Lord High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and was an invitee audience only for people who are long-term residents or have made a substantive contribution to life in Richings Park. 

The Murder Mystery night on the 18th of November 2022 with the Richings Players performing the murder was a great success. The hall at the Sports club was full of residents 'dressed to the nines' in 20s costumes have a great time. 

The Open House on Sunday 22nd January 2023 at the Sports Park was an opportunity for residents to come and see the Centenary exhibition and meet a Dalek. The Daleks were built in a warehouse on Bathurst Walk in the 1970s. This was a really successful event with lots of residents attending and some taking advantage of Sunday lunch.

An Easter Eggs experience in conjunction with St Peters and St Leonards Church was a fun day with games and an Easter egg hunt at St Leonards Church in Richings Park. 

An Afternoon in June, also in conjunction with St Peters and St Leonards Church in the grounds of St Leonards with cream teas, giant games and craft stalls was also a great success

A very successful Sports day on the 8th July in combination with St Peters football club on their prize presentation day, brought together all the sports  available in Richings Park, including the Sykes gym at the Sports Club, football matches across all the ages, try your hand at tennis, bowls and find out about well-being support available here. There was a BBQ, a bouncy castle and children's races with prizes for all. 

A Food Festival on Bank Holiday Sunday in August brought together the flavours of many countries and a chance to try different cuisines alongside music, and events. This was supported by Oakwood Estates. 

The final event of the year was the unveiling of the Centenary Quilt on Friday 3rd November at Richings Park Sports Club, a free event for residents. The legacy quilt will be displayed as a permanent memory of the original designs of houses of the Richings Park Estate from the 1920s. It was designed by Lynne Brown, a long term resident of Richings Park and her helpers, the Iver Womens Institute and other local residents. It displays fine needlework and quilting and also includes logos of GWR, the Elizabeth Line and a Dalek as well as one of the first community assets - the Richings Park Sports Club (also called Richings Sports Park), which was established in 1926. It will be in the bar area of the club. 

Richings Christmas was free for RPRA members (£5.00 a year) It was on Sunday December 3rd from 12.00pm to 2.00pm with an entertainer, face painting and a VERY SPECIAL VISITOR. It was well attended and another is planned for 2024. 

Residents were invited to join in and sing Carols on Saturday Dec 17th outside Costcutters. Mince pies were very kindly donated by the Khan family of the shop and mulled wine was served. A good attendance by residents started off the festive season. 

The Centenary planning team have now disbanded but we are presently planning events for 2024. 

What next?

We are already planning events for 2024. We may do another Murder Mystery night, a quiz night, race night, Summer Ball - what do you think we should do?  Let us know. 

Please let us know if you would like to be part of this. Use the contact form or email secretary@richingspark.org.uk

 

Previous and ongoing events 

Richings Pints is an ongoing event and takes place either at the Sports Club or the Tower arms although during the Centenary year this was paused.

Fireworks Night - unfortunately a victim of its own success (1000 plus people attending and Health and Safety concerns) and following the redevelopment of the clubhouse and grounds it is no longer possible to hold this event.

In previous years there has been a  Bollywood Hollywood Gala Dinner, Fright Night in the Park, Summer Fete, Back to the 80s Dinner & Dance, Children’s Movie afternoon at Pinewood Studios, Book Clubs, Richings Christmas, Cycling Group, Curry nights, Prosecco Crew nights out to name a few...with live entertainment, good food, and drink, auctions, raffles, competitions, make these events a fun experience for all.

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