Sketty Park residents aim to share the love
RESIDENTS in a Swansea suburb are being encouraged to share the love.
A couple of years ago a group of people from Sketty who were fed-up with a spate of negative headlines for drug and anti-social behaviour — decided to unite to showcase all that was good in their corner of the world.
It culminated in the I Love Sketty Park event, which organisers said pulled in a crowd of more than 1,300 people.
Now I Love Sketty Park organisers, anxious to show that the event was no one night stand, are looking to rekindle the love.
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A meeting has been arranged for 7pm on Thursday in Sketty Park community centre and new blood is wanted.
Councillor Cheryl Philpott, who helped set up the group, said: "The I love Sketty Park event was really successful in bringing the community together on an intergenerational and multicultural basis.
"The meeting on Thursday will be our Annual General Meeting and we are looking for more volunteers and committee members.
"We are looking for fresh ideas to have another big event for the community.
I think it's really good for the community to keep it going."
Outgoing chairwoman Gillian Gregory, who at 70 is stepping down due to health reasons, said: "The purpose of the meeting is to recruit new members and to form a new committee.
"The existing committee has been in place for two years and we are getting a bit old, we need an influx of younger people and people with different ideas.
"We try to put things on with a different theme each time.
"The events have been successful but we feel we need a fresh approach.
"Our aim is to provide entertainment for the residents but it's also a coming together of all the residents right across the age groups from toddlers to pensioners."
The role brings its own rewards, with Mrs Gregory saying: "You will get enjoyment, camaraderie, accomplishment and a sense of belonging which is the most important thing."