With everything closing down around our ears, Christmas fayres, Christmas light switch on’s, The Havering show and the Rainham Village Mayfair to name but a few it is hardly any wonder that morale is at an all time low. How ever, one positive that has come out of this is that Jackie McArdle from Rainham Allotments and Sue Ospreay from Lightnin Drama group have quite literally got their act together.
Between them they were quick to recognise that the allotments allow for safe distancing, fresh air and open space. All though allotments are not known for events, desperate times called for special measures and imaginative ways to create different ways to make things happen.
‘The Spooky Pumpkin Trail’ held last Saturday was a massive success and was very well received by the community
Sue Ospreay told the Havering Daily: “Comments from members of our community brought a lump to our throats and a swelling pride in our chests. Only one person tried her very hardest to stop the event taking place but we are delighted to say despite her very best efforts she was not successful.”
Visitors had to book in on a time slot and then on arrival they were greeted by Anna who checked them in at the sanitising station. The excited groups were no more than five and were guided around the spooky trail by an allotment ranger. They encountered walking talking trees, a witch with a skeleton in her cauldron, a pumpkin scarecrow who chased people off his patch, a skeleton who was protective of his path and a ginormous spider.
These were all played by actors from ‘Thunder’ (younger group of Lightnin Drama). They stood outside in all weathers scaring the living daylights out of family groups from 9.30 until 4.00 pm. They did not tire and stayed at their post throughout. Organisers Jackie and Sue were very proud of them all. Sue added : “These young people are a credit to us and their families. Well done for an amazing day of entertainment for the whole community.”
Fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers from Rainham Allotments and neighbouring allotments were very kindly donated for this event and were coupled with home made jams, chutney, pickles and cakes for people to savour indoors for a donation.
The ladies are currently raising funds between for St Francis Hospice and The MCA trust.