Wokingham in Need Celebration Event Joined by Dignitaries

Nick Marr

A special day for all those that attended

The Acorn Centre Wokingham was a hive of activity yesterday at an event organized by the local charity Wokingham In Need.

The event which took place on one of the hottest days of the year was attended to by about 200 guests.

Wokingham In Need wanted to celebrate both the Queen’s Jubilee and pay thanks to those that contributed to creating a Sensory Garden.

The garden was an oasis of calm and sensory activity.  Formerly an unused piece of wasteland the garden makes a tranquil place to sit and reflect, appreciate the plants and flowers as well try various sensory features.

Guests included The Lord-Lieutenant Stephen Matthews and his wife together with Her Worship the Borough Mayor – Caroline Smith and Her Worship the Town Mayor  Cllr Maria Gee. There were also representatives from the Scouts, local school children from Hawthorns and Windmill school together with members of WADE, Kennet Court, Alexandra Grange, Wokingham In Needs Creative Nightingales a band of women who supplied theatre gowns and comfort bags throughout the pandemic to local hospitals and continue to do so – not to mention the fabulous choir of CLASP and Hannah the Singer. The mix of people made the event something special.

A chat with the organisers

I managed to speak with Sue Jackson the Founder of Wokingham In Need together with her fundraiser Jay Colvin and grant coordinator Sally Brown.

Wokingham in Need was launched on Wednesday 23 September 2015  – Founded by local resident Sue Jackson the aim of the charity is to help the homeless, vulnerable, and needy people of the borough.  Since its inception, Wokingham in Need has achieved great things to help the community.

Initially starting with funding a walk-in shower, and kitchen at the Salvation Army Church on Sturges Road in Wokingham.  Wokingham In Need then applied for planning permission for a Drop-In Centre at the site and this is now well up and running and volunteers from the Salvation Army are able to help the homeless and vulnerable from this facility. Ongoing Wokingham in Need support this center and the Salvation Army with any requirements they might need. Wokingham in Need wishes to express how great the volunteers are at the Salvation Army.

Freely Fruity Charity Tend to a Living Wall

Freely Fruity supplied strawberry and herb plants for the Living Wall put in by Wokingham In Need and the children of Hawthorns School supplied Mint, Chives, and Parsley.

Speaking to Ryan Simpson and Matt Knight of freely Fruity a charity that believes in planting more fruit within our communities they were passionate in advising that we can reduce carbon emissions and save money and keep healthy too – get planting.

A Scottish Piper was icing on the cake

A Scottish Piper was the icing on the cake as he played to the audience followed by cheers for the Queen.

Piper Charlie Sim of the Reading Scottish Pipe Band said he has played at events all over the World including closing the Olympics Ceremony in 2012.  He said it was a pleasure for him to be part of the celebrations.


Party Time Fun

The organizers had really thought of everything with the fantastic help of Cathy Valentine of Circus Scene.  There was a Beefeater on Stilts, Jugglers in red white, and blue, a choir from CLASP, Hannah – singer, and a band of volunteers serving amongst other things scones with jam and cream.  Wokingham in Need especially wanted to thank Alexandra Grange for assisting with the food.

Four birthdays were also celebrated on day one of June when was 97 years young.  Happy birthday was sung to June, Joanne, Joe, and Peter – great fun.

So a wonderful day and Wokingham In Need would especially like to thank all of the helpers and those who attended this event. 

I met a Beefeaters on stilts, Jugglers in red white and blue and a band of volunteers serving scones with jam and cream and a choir.

Event photo gallery

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Nick Marr is behind several successful online businesses including Mywokingham.co.uk. With over 20 years of experience innovating online, time spent as Chief Marketing Officer and running several start-ups he has a passion for championing the consumer. Nick lives and works in Wokingham and is the founder of a local digital marketing company MarrDigital


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