Rain can't wash out festival fun in Thornbury
HEAVY rain may have put paid to plans for its annual skate contest but families still found plenty to enjoy at Krunch South West’s Festival Fun event.
The youth work charity organised the event at The Pod, next to Thornbury Skate Park, on August 21.
While the wet weather meant the skate park couldn't host the annual competition, dozens of children and parents still came along for a barbecue, art and craft workshops and music.
Krunch administrator Liz Ball said: "Circus skills and graffiti art were a big hit with the young people, along with music provided by local DJs and festival face paint, hair and nail art.
"Burgers and hot dogs were flying out of the kitchen as plenty of families came along for some entertainment on a rainy afternoon, and Krunch’s team of dedicated youth workers and volunteers were on hand to ensure everyone had a good time."
Krunch South West is a branch of a national organisation which has been delivering youth work for more than 10 years and has been in Thornbury since 2013.
Krunch has been providing activities all summer for young people from the organisation's base at the skate park, supported by South Gloucestershire Council’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme.
Sessions have included outdoor games and sports, art workshops, dance and vocals, bushcraft and a survival skills team challenge, with plenty of healthy food options on offer.
From September Krunch’s weekly youth clubs will resume at Turnberries Community Centre, for young people in school Year 6 and over.
Providing services for all young people aged between nine and 25 years, Krunch SW also offers one-to-one mentoring, motivational support, life skills workshops; a personal development programme in catering, arts or sports, babysitting training; volunteering opportunities and dance, art and music workshops.
It is led by project manager Penny Baker, who has more than 25 years of youth work experience, including youth clubs, informal education, mentoring and work with disaffected young people in prison.