Windsor and Maidenhead

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The Carnival of the Animals; Take Flight

11 GoodGymers made their way to help the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Windsor and Maidenhead.

  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Slough runner
  • Alex King
  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Angela Shaw
  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Windsor and Maidenhead runner
  • Alison Brown
 
Saturday, 9th of December 2023
 
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An incredible 11 Goodgymmers turned out to help our friends from Norden Farm with their annual Community Lantern Parade. The Parade is a celebration of community and the arts and encourages local people to get together, creating fantastic artwork, dancing and parading their fabulous creations through Maidenhead town centre. And it didn't disappoint! This year the theme was Take Flight, and the lanterns were all bird and insect-themed. We welcomed Alison to her first Goodgym task, and we were put to work straight away, putting out the sticks containing the lights and batteries, ready for the lanterns. In the preceding weeks, Norden Farm had held workshops at schools for children to make their own lanterns. These then needed to be fixed on to the sticks, the LED light put in inside and the battery connected up for the children to carry. There were whole flocks of seagulls, cockatoos, magpies, parrots, blue tits, woodpeckers, bullfinches and robins. And a swarm of bees. The excitement grew as the entertainment started, and we were treated to fire-eaters and stilt walkers as well as music from the magnificent Dhol Drummers. The giant Nodenia puppet also made an appearance , this time sporting an Advent crown. And then we were off! We all grabbed either some of the larger show lanterns or spare lanterns, and joined the back of the parade.. It was amazing to see all the lanterns bobbing along the streets, all in time to the music provided by the Dhol Drummers and Babel Brass Band. A strong wind provided some challenge to keep some of the larger lanterns under control, but Goodgym were up to the job! There was a great atmosphere, and there was a good turnout of people to watch the parade. It was lovely to be part of such a fun and joyful community event

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Windsor and Maidenhead runner
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Sunday December 10th, 2023 12:56

Great Report! Atmosphere was magnificent!!

Windsor and Maidenhead runner
Windsor and Maidenhead runner
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Sunday December 10th, 2023 12:57

Angela and I discussed that we could try to maje our birds for the next year's parade!! Really enjoyed it.

Amy L
Amy L
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Sunday December 10th, 2023 21:05

Fantastic work everyone! It looks like a brilliant event 👏👏👏

Amy L
Amy L
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Sunday December 10th, 2023 21:06

Also a very warm welcome to Alison! 🤗

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