Last month saw the fourth annual Community Camp in Middleton Park, with 45 local residents camping overnight together on the weekend of 16 and 17 September 2017 in the park. Here’s Olga Deumeni Torres’ (aged 11) account:
I have been participating in this event for four years, and each year it gets better. With new people, new activities and more fun.
We have so many resources around us to keep us entertained including playing in the playground and activities in the woods. Adults and parents organise and provide games and activities to play at all times and you will never get bored.
At night you have constant overview of adults on night duty so you comfortably go to sleep without having to worry about danger.
Later on in the evening, you get to go out with a sufficient amount of adults and torches to walk in the woods and come back to have some hot chocolate before going to bed.
You will definitely leave knowing a new person and he or she may become close to you in the future, so please consider coming next year and invite anyone you know because the more the merrier.
I will also like to give a big thank you to Ed Carlisle, Wayne Dixon and especially Middleton Park for providing space and organising this incredible event.
The organisers also wanted to thank the following organisations and people (amongst others) for their support, especially lending kit and facilities: Friends of Middleton Park, SLATE, Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside, Steve Thompson / Hunslet Gala, the Salvation Army, Lucy Potter, Beeston Hill Boys Brigade, and Together for Peace. The event cost a princely £25, covered by donations from participants!
To keep in touch for next year, check out www.facebook.com/MiddletonCamp, or watch out on South Leeds Life.