Sunday 14th August was the 7th Cornhill Terrace Street Party.
This year we planned for rain and arranged street-closure for two Sundays following the street party, just in case. As it turned out, although a grey day it was dry, and it was warm. Once or twice the sun even managed to shine through the clouds!
At this year’s party the usual fantastic sweets and savouries were shared: crispy bhajis, spicy sauces, quiche, brownies, cupcakes and more. Perhaps the most impressive was a three-layer banana cake, overflowing with chocolate and topped with walnuts. Maybe we should offer prizes next year, or then again maybe not – we don’t seem to need competition to cook up good things, and a great atmosphere.
Of course the most important thing is the people. Every year there are new neighbours to meet, and at least one new baby on the street. The newest and youngest this year is just four months old.
While the grownups chatted our smaller neighbours had fun drawing, making, scootering, biking, and even dancing on the garden walls. There were no Pokemon, just a shared tin can string telephone, and a few sightings of colourful paper monsters. This social media is real life!
This year some of the neighbours were also getting together for action. Cornhill Terrace was designed long before wheely bins (and cars) so our narrow pavements are regularly blocked by bins waiting for collection. A petition has been organised in the hope that, in negotiation with the council, we can agree a better arrangement for waste removal and recycling. If you live locally, our Facebook group will keep you updated.
Others are keen to organise a monthly play street, to give local children the chance to play freely outdoors. One possibility might be to set up in a different area of the neighbourhood each month, to allow more children to benefit. If you live in the Cornhill Terrace or Ryehills area, contact Lucy to find out more.
Thanks to everyone who came. It was a fun afternoon!