Last Saturday was the return of Ringwood Family Fun Day organised by Churches Together on Bickerley Green which saw thousands of local residents in attendance.

The Mayor of Ringwood, Councillor Michael Thierry, spent some time walking around the event and talking to residents with his wife Gillian and performed the official duty of crowning the new Carnival Princesses, while enjoying a very sunny afternoon.

The free event had received funding from the Town Council and Councillor Thierry’s own District Councillor grant pot to help stage the day.

Councillor Thierry said ‘this is an absolutely splendid day and is a credit to the town of Ringwood, we are not only the ‘Gateway to the New Forest’, I think we are the ‘Festival Town’ of the New Forest’.

All activities at the event were free, including all the food and drink.

During the day event organisers gave away 3000 burgers, 2000 hot dogs, 3500 ice creams, thousands of cakes, cups of tea, squash, coffee’s and free entertainment.

One of the main organisers Pastor Adam Skirton said ‘It was a superb day and we are thankful for the support of the Town and District Councils and the 88 other businesses and groups who were part of the day.

Of course it was Christians from the various Churches in Ringwood and District, who together organised the event, provided the volunteers to run it and gave much of the funding.

It was great to be able to reflect Jesus’ love in such a practical way’.

With lots of events now in Ringwood’s Annual Calendar it is likely that this particular event will become bi-annual with the Pedal Car Grand Prix set for next year.

Later this month will see the Armed Forces Day celebrations followed by the Ellingham and Ringwood Show and Carnival events in the town leading toward the Christmas Fair only six months away.

Information on these events can be found on the Town Council’s web site and Facebook Page.