We live on a new build estate. It has a lot of troubles and negatives vibes due to the fact that the builders went into administration mid build during the credit crunch.
Because of that, the roads are unfinished, the street lights do not work, play parks were not build, community centres were very much delayed etc…
We also have a character who lives here who loves to cause trouble, who loves power and who also commits some rather unpleasant acts. I have proof of his past behaviours, but the police never investigated them even after several of us reported him. He also creates a huge amount of negative energy and vibes though our community.
Last year, a few of us formed a residents association. It has been extremely turbulent (mainly due to person described above) and nothing but a ball ache with little or no thanks for our efforts.
We decided we needed to change tactics slightly and began trying to bring the people back together. At Christmas we put up lights on the roundabouts which really did work to bring about some Christmas spirit.
Due to the positive response to this, we thought we should try and organise events though out the year.
One guy suggested an Easter egg hunt. Brilliant I thought. Yes I will help I said. A few days later it was pretty obvious I was organising it. The only help he gave me, was the purchase of some eggs. I did the rest!
Last night I was so nervous. Not so much for how the children would react, but more about would it work. Would it do what we wanted and just bring some happiness to a large group of people.
We had 70 children come, and most of them brought 2 parents with them, so it was pretty busy. I was worried about crowding so also set up a table of Easter crafts (they made bunny hats and did some colouring in), a bunny word hunt and we took along our miniature chickens (and he brought along his rabbit, I will give him that!) I also made a playlist of songs that included birds or rabbits in them! Some amusing ones got included including Chas and Dave’s ‘Rabbit, Rabbit’!
The weather was glorious, and the atmosphere was perfect. Feedback has been wonderful and I am so glad we did it!!