Newark: Anti-social behaviour tackled in Fernwood with family fun day
A village family fun day was held today (Friday) in an attempt to combat a recent wave of anti-social behaviour in the area.
Organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council, the free event took place on the playing field off Ruby's Avenue, Fernwood.
Children took part in a variety of activities throughout the day, including spray painting, virtual boxing and smoothie making.
A team from Nottinghamshire Police also attended in an attempt to bring the community together and engage with young people.
Pc Nick Stemmer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "A lot of these children are coming up to our schools so it's a good way of introducing ourselves to them.
"It's to show a presence in the community. It's a lot about going to events like this.
"Our main aim for today is to engage with as many young people as possible."
Mum Annette Chester, of Fernwood, brought her two children to the fun day to try out the activities.
"We've missed the community events over the last year," she said.
"It's really nice to get back to some more community activities."
Izabela Olendzki, also of Fernwood, was at the fun day with her pop-up book shop, Izabela's creations.
Izabela said: "It was nice to just be a part of the events.
"I think it's nice that we have something going on in Fernwood. I know that there's been some anti-social behaviour, so it's nice to have more police here."
Spray painting was one of the most popular activities of the day. Children were given the chance to let out their creativity on a cardboard mural, which will later be displayed in the nearby park.
Laurence Jordan enjoyed the day's activities with his three grandchildren.
He said: "Even I've had a go at the spray painting.
"I used to live here six years ago, it's got quite a few issues nowadays which is a shame."
Bekkah Berry also enjoyed the more creative activities.
"I loved the graffiti because you can do anything you like on it," she said.
"It's fun because you can get messy."
Sue Scott, community relations officer at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "The parish council was quite keen that we had some engagement with the local community and and we felt that this was the best way to do it.
"It's just a lovely event and a showcase of a lot of the partners."
District council leader David Lloyd: said: “Events like this are a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with members of the community and we’ve missed being able to offer them in the last year.
“Ourselves, the parish council and police are aware that there have been recent incidents of anti-social behaviour in Fernwood and individuals involved are being tackled.
"However, these events are also a great way for ourselves and other partner agencies to engage with young people and to build relationships.
"It is always important to spend time and communicate positively with young people so we have a better understanding of their needs.”