The “Save The Countryside” team ran a stand at the Winston Churchill Cultural Fun Day 2008 on Saturday 19th July. The action packed event (see the poster) attracted large crowds.

Churchill Gardens Cultural Fun Day 2008

Churchill Gardens Cultural Fun Day 2008

Many people were happy to talk to us the needed no real convincing to sign the petition, many people discussed their own planning woes such as the Glenfall development, the proposal for 200 flats near Tescos (a ridiculously high density of housing – expected to be rejected though) and other small developments.

We got over 250 signatures and more than that really spread the word beyond the village to the main town area. Many visitors to the stand already knew about us from the Gloucestershire Echo editorials and the kids definitely loved the pin the tail on the donkey (they did win a sweet so it wasn’t surprising!).

We were pleased to have Alistair Cameron help us for a time and he did a good job of pulling people in, we were also pleased to see Martin Horwood and John Webster. This was the first event with our “Save The Countryside” t-shirts, some people even wanted to buy some! We will be considering putting some up for sale.

Heres a picture of Anne chatting with some pretty concerned locals.

Anne with some concerned locals

Anne with some concerned locals

All in all a great day was had. The event was well worth going to anyway, some very impressive singing from quite young children in the STAR radio singing contest. The “Insect Man” was pretty interesting if you like seeing tarantulas, or any other unusual creepy crawlies. A big thank you to those in the “Save The Countryside” team, some who worked hard all day long, and to those who did the setup and pull down – even though they had a hangover!

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