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Poster for Family Fun Day


Free Community Event: ‘Family Fun Day’

Date: 11am to 4pm, Saturday 15th June 2019

Location: Prestolee Locks & Meccano Bridge, Little Lever, Bolton BL3 1AB

An action-packed family fun day and community celebration will take place from 11am to 4pm, on Saturday 15th June around the Meccano Bridge and the Prestolee Locks at Nob End, just at the end of Boscow Road, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1AB.

Over 50 Year 5 primary school pupils from Ringley, Prestolee and Little Lever have been exploring the heritage of the area's waterways as part of the Awards For All funded ‘Bridging the Gap’ project to develop their skills, increase their local knowledge, encourage them to take ownership of the environment, and inspire them in art, design and engineering.

Friday 14th June will see them design and build their own large art structure across the canal, aided by freelance design engineer Mark Gilbert. They will also create banners which promote positive messages about their local community and the canal and display these from the Meccano Bridge in Little Lever.

Saturday 15th June is the Family Fun Day at Prestolee Locks for everyone in the local community to celebrate these achievements, try some new activities and enjoy music, food, crafts, art and heritage stalls. Canoeing, fishing, cycling, nature trails, water dipping, rock painting, greenwood skills and plenty more free attractions means there will something for all ages to explore.

Paul Hindle, Chairman of the Canal Society, said: "It’s been great engaging these schools and the children in their local heritage and we are really looking forward have the community involved along the canal. Using the recently restored towpaths for the events in June will help to bring these stretches along the canal back to life. We are here to build bridges with and between local people, to encourage art, design and engineering, and to pass on our knowledge and skills to inspire the next generation."

The learning element of the project has been delivered by Neil West, Assistant Manager at Bolton Playing for Success, who is based at Bolton Science and Technology Centre (BSTC) by coordinating three workshop days on boat building, building bridges, and creative media. Pupils visited seven bridges along the canal, heard from members of the Canal Society and went on fact-finding missions. Neil said: "This project encourages our young people to look at the past, present and future of their local community. It is also important to help young people get excited about design and engineering. Hopefully these heritage projects, undertaken in their own community setting, will cultivate that learning."

The Canal & River Trust, which owns much of the land along this canal, welcomes the chance to promote these education, social, health and wellbeing benefits. Alice Kay, the C&RT Volunteering Development Coordinator said: “We are joining in this family friendly event along the canal because it gives a chance for everyone to see and try all the great things they have on their doorstep.”

The participating schools are St Teresa's RC Primary School, Mytham Primary School and Bowness Community Primary School in Little Lever, St Saviour C of E Primary School in Ringley, and Prestolee Primary School.          


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