SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2021
Bank Holiday Sunday saw a double first for Malvern: the first ever Mayor’s Bonanza to be held in Victoria Park raised a fantastic £2,900 for the Mayor’s charities and two brand new NBA approved FlexCourt basketball courts were opened to the public by the Mayor of Malvern, Nick Houghton and the Chairman of MHDC, Cynthia Palmer.
Victoria Park was full of crowds throughout the day with over 500 players using the basketball courts and an estimated further 1000 people enjoying the attractions at the Mayor’s Bonanza.
This community event did not fail to entertain the crowds, with music from Supernova, Sarah Martyn Acoustic Duo, The Brethryn, and Gene Genie and the Lemon Squeezers
The public were also entertained with performances from Dance in Motion and Mark Russell who, as Mr Doo, wowed crowds with his circus skills. Some very brave youngsters met ferocious dinosaurs from Raptors World, who were wandering around the park throughout the afternoon. A large funhouse proved a very popular draw and with a track ride, community stalls, mini archery, hoopla and giant garden games, there was something for all the family to enjoy.
An amazing sum of £2,900 was raised for the Mayor’s two charities – What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful and The Outreach Project.
The Mayor of Malvern Town Council, Cllr Nick Houghton said “This year we decided to hold the event in Victoria Park, which is a great Malvern Town Council asset. The Bonanza is a fund-raising event for my Mayoral charities but just as importantly it is an event for Malvern residents. We saw one of the largest crowds for a Bonanza at this year’s event, which is fantastic news. I would like to thank everyone who came and supported the event, the Councillors who volunteered on the day and of course Malvern Town Council staff who make the day possible through hard work and planning over many weeks prior to the event itself. It was great to see so many players and their families attend the opening of the basketball courts and although I was unable to get a ball in the net, I did try my hardest!”
The official opening of the basketball courts was followed by basketball teams playing short competitions throughout the afternoon, group basketball coaches running sessions for under 16’s, under 14’s and under 11’s as well as shoot the hoop sessions too. It was wonderful to see the courts being used and enjoyed by people of all ages. Jon May, one of founders of the Malvern Hoops Campaign said “the feedback we have received from this project has been unbelievable with people from around the country including Manchester, Liverpool and London saying they wish they had this type of facility in their area. It has also inspired others to go on and start their own campaigns to improve their local basketball area using Malvern as the example.