A2Dominion, developer of the UK’s first eco town at North West Bicester, is proud to have hosted its first ever Elmsbrook ‘Great Get Together’ on the 17 June, in honour of the late MP, Jo Cox, who tragically lost her life last year.
The Elmsbrook community turned out in great numbers to join the first ever street party for the new neighbourhood, which included ‘meet the animals’ sessions, arts and crafts, performances from local dance troupes, and even a bouncy castle! The event was organised by local residents at Elmsbrook and supported by A2Dominion.
The Great Get Together is a national initiative run by the Jo Cox Foundation, which seeks to bring communities together, in tribute to Jo’s belief that we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us. Following on from Mrs. Cox’s untimely death in 2016, the Great Get Together took place in communities across the country a year on, in order to share an afternoon of fun and food.
The Elmsbrook Great Get Together kicked off on Charlotte and Bramley Avenue, located within the new development and in close proximity to the newly launched ‘Community House’ – a new community space, built for residents with events like this in mind.
Dawn Wightman, Group Housing Director at A2Dominion commented on the event:
“It has only been a year since the first residents moved into Elmsbrook, yet they’re already organising successful community events and ensuring Elmsbrook becomes a vibrant and thriving neighborhood.”
As well as the nature trail, the event offered an arts and crafts table, free face painting and local families were able to bring down their own picnics to get into the real street party spirit.
Sarah Nolan, Elmsbrook resident and organiser of the Great Get Together, added:
“The Elmsbrook Great Get together was a fantastic opportunity for residents to get together over lunch and get to know one another. This was the first Elmsbrook event organised by the residents, with the support of A2 Dominion.
The Great Get Together was a successful event where residents enjoyed an animal encounter with a meerkat, skunk, snakes, lizards and much more. The event also had toddler soft play, live music and a dance performance from local group Elite Dance. The success of the day has inspired residents to hopefully make this an annual event.”
With facilities such as the Elmsbrook Community House now up and running, A2Dominion will continue to work with the residents from the wider community on an ongoing basis.