Where else would you find a 7-foot blue teddy bear, a centurion, R2D2 and the Mayor all in one place at one time but at the Community Showcase, Ferneham Hall, on Saturday 1 July.
70 exhibitors demonstrated the full range of voluntary and community sector activities across the borough of Fareham, from CAB to Country Market; Hampshire Conservation to Tichfield Festival Theatre; youth groups to older people’s clubs.
Local choirs provided entertainment throughout the day and 138 men were tested for prostate cancer by PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Organisation.
600+ visitors found out what’s going on in the borough – new interests and hobbies (from bridge to cosplay); and opportunities to get involved in community life as a volunteer in a huge range of roles.
Local branches of specialist health groups, such as Parkinson’s UK and Haven Breast Cancer, reported meeting several people who were delighted to find the support they need on their doorstep.
This was the second such event organised by One Community in partnership with Ferneham Hall, destined to be an annual feature of the borough’s life.