A determined local woman is looking to rekindle community spirit in Winklebury and ‘raise morale’.
Shirley Keer and her team are organising the Winklebury Gala this summer in memory of much-loved councillor, Lea Jeff.
Ms Jeff, who died in September last year, was a key figure in the community notably for her work in organising the carnival.
Ms Keer said that morale was low in Winklebury with the potential closing of Fort Hill School, the closure of the Budgens and uncertainty over the Manydown development.
She said: “There are so many things that are happening and we just wanted to do something more positive” she said.
“There is a community spirit there, there’s a little spark that needs to made brighter.
“There used to be a carnival every year – just like Popley and all the other estates have their little event – but it stopped a couple of years ago when Lea Jeff stopped doing it and no one else picked it up and ran with it.
“We miss having that big day together where everyone meets each other and has that fun day together.”
The long-time Winklebury resident was inspired to organise the July 1 event at the playing fields after realising that the community had been missing a carnival.
It will feature a parade, stalls, a big arena and a car boot sale and a plaque will be unveiled dedicated to Lea Jeff, who was also the founder of Winklebury Youth Project.
Funds raised from the gala will go towards the youth project and local charity Hazie Days that provides assistance to families who have children with special educational needs.