On Thursday 24th October, the Sincil Bank community came together to celebrate the Festival of Light for the first time. The celebration itself, held at Sincil Bank Stadium, was attended by over 125 people and was preceded by a parade and three days of workshops organised in different locations across the Sincil Bank neighbourhood.
The idea to stage a Festival of Light celebration in Sincil Bank originated from the local Community Activities & Events meetings coordinated by Lincoln City Council’s Sincil Bank neighbourhood team. As a result, dedicated local community group Maze Matters were awarded funding to plan and deliver the event, with support from Lincoln City Foundation’s community organising team and many other volunteers. Everyone involved contributed significant amounts of time to ensure the event was an enjoyable, welcoming and encouraging space for community members to meet and have fun - Frank Best, Community Organiser, said “it was fantastic to see the continued hard work and commitment of local Sincil Bank residents come to fruition again, with what was an amazing celebration”.
The workshops, held at St Peter at Gowts Church Hall, Lincoln City Football Club’s Legends Lounge and Lincoln Central Methodist Church, attracted more than 160 attendees and provided a great opportunity for members of the local community to learn more about the Festival of Light celebration and how to design decorative lanterns, diyas, banners and rangoli patterns. The decorations were then used throughout the Sincil Bank light parade and were on show ready for the main celebration.
Sincil Bank’s Festival of Light was a really successful community event with children and families enjoying a range of free activities. Tasty curry dishes were available, with Henna artists and a Bollywood dance group helping to create a real party atmosphere. The local community are looking forward to attending similar events in the future - John Dwane, Sincil Bank resident and member of Maze Matters, said “the festival of light celebration was the most enjoyable evening; it was wonderful to see so many families and children having fun”.
If you would like to find out more about resident led activities taking place in the Sincil Bank area or would like to have your say on the local community, please contact our community organising team at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Maze Matters Community Group on Facebook, here.