The September sun and locals came out for another successful Fratton Family Festival this Sunday, 18 September.
Building on a popular community fun day last year, the Fratton Family Festival was organised by local people and volunteers as part of the Fratton Big Local initiative.
Over 40 stalls pitched up along Fratton Road including community information stands, live music, world food stalls and children’s activities.
Volunteers helped steward the event with the resident-led partnership ensuring a smooth running to the day.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, ward councillor for Charles Dickens ward which includes the western side of Fratton Road attended the event to enjoy the fun day with other local people.
Cllr Morgan said:
“I’ve helped set up Big Local initiatives in other parts of the country, so it was fantastic to go along to such a brilliant event organised by our own here in the heart of Portsmouth.
It is great to see people coming together, side by side and having fun. A big thanks to all those that have organised today. Long may the Fratton Family Festival continue!”
Fratton Big Local is a Big Lottery funded 10 year project which aims to make a lasting improvement to Fratton.
Run by a partnership of local residents who make decisions about how to spend the funding, the partnership spent nearly two years talking to Fratton residents to find out what improvements people would like to see, then wrote a plan based on what had been said. It started practical work in Autumn 2014.
Aims agreed in the action plan include:
- making Fratton an attractive destination
- improving and making the best of the green space available
- developing and improving community life
- working with people to help them think about what they want, hope and need
- breaking down barriers and involving the whole community.
For more information about the Fratton Big Local visit: www.frattonbiglocal.org.uk