Local group helps new community take shape in expanded Brooklands area

A community group in the Broughton and Brooklands areas of Milton Keynes have announced a one night music festival as part of their efforts to expand local community outreach.

The Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors, now in their third year, are a group promoting a community ethos throughout the estates. The aim of the group is to collaborate with local residents and non-profit groups to harness a sense of community in the area.

In the last year over 1,000 residents have accessed events put on by the group. These have ranged from litter picking, family fun days, community lunches, youth events and pub quizzes.

Their latest venture is a one night music festival at the heart of Brooklands in collaboration with the local Brooklands Farm Primary School. Expanding on the success of a Friday night street food and music event, “Friday Night Dinner presents.. Brookfest” is set to be a great excuse for a party bringing the whole community together.

The night will see a range of street food vendors including Howes Fish and Chips and Little Oven of Joy. There will also be a bar for those wanting to make more of a night of it.

It’s often said that new housing estates like the many we see in MK lack any sense of community, and that people just don’t know their neighbours like they used to. The goal taken by the connectors in the neighbours in the east side of the city are aiming to change that, with a goal primarily oriented about getting to know the people you share your neighbourhood with.

Chair of the Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors Peter-John Simpson-Leek says, “Events like this are so important in bringing the community together. They give everyone an opportunity to participate including those with children who otherwise often miss out on things like socialising down the pub.

“As a group we aim to create low cost events that are accessible to all members of our community and love seeing nee friendships and relationships grow as a result.”

Friday Night Dinner Presents.. Brookfest is taking place from 6.30pm in the playing fields of Brooklands Farm Primary School on July 21st. For more information about the Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors, visit http://www.bbccmk.org.

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