Call for stall holders and families to roll up for Community Fun Day

Published: 8 August 2007 at 13:32

Organisers of Anglia Ruskin University’s Community Family Fun Day are calling for community groups, local businesses and stall holders to join in and support this new campus-based event planned for late September.

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Organisers of Anglia Ruskin University’s Community Family Fun Day are calling for community groups, local businesses and stall holders to join in and support this new campus-based event planned for late September.

The all day celebration of university life, on Saturday 29 September, will see Anglia Ruskin University welcoming members of the community onto campus to see the University at first hand.  There will be the chance to enjoy interactive workshops from the various departments, participate in public lectures and music recitals, see a large display of trade and car boot stalls and enjoy entertainment from samba band Arco Iris and local Morris dancers.  While at the same time professional graffiti artists will be demonstrating their art, during a number of live but fully-controlled sessions on campus.

Included in the programme for the day will also be a series of ‘totally irresponsible experiments’ performed by staff from the Forensic Science department, taster sessions in foreign languages, quizzes and art exhibitions,

With the return to the new semester and academic year, it will also be a day for Freshers to invite their families along to see where they are studying and what types of activities are on offer.

Tara White, Community Development Officer at Anglia Ruskin University commented:

“It is a widely held perception that our University is only open to people who study or work here. This is most certainly not the case and this Community ‘Open’ Day will allow the public to see all the services available, including the library, the Mumford Theatre and the Ruskin Gallery.”

“We are particularly hoping to forge and nurture better relationships between students and members of the community who can sometimes see students as nothing more than a nuisance.”

“We want people of all ages and backgrounds to come along, meet the students and see Anglia Ruskin University for what it is, an exciting and developing institution of which everyone can be proud.”

Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Mike Thorne added:

“This will be a truly memorable event for our University particularly as so many people have invested their time and energy into making this happen.  The idea behind the event is to build on, and make new, relationships with members of the community.  We are all extremely approachable and friendly and that is what makes Anglia Ruskin University the success that it is. If we encourage some visitors to think about whether higher education might be for them, either now or in the future, that too will be a bonus.”

“The entertainment alone will make this a very successful occasion but with so many other exciting lectures and workshops going on – including a demonstration of how to make rockets and volcanoes, lie detecting sessions, medical checks and art workshops – we are sure to have some serious fun.”

The event is being supported by Anglia Ruskin’s Art Council. Money raised will be reinvested in the Arts Council or some of the many community projects that the University rolls out during the year.

The Community day, on 29 September, is open to all.

The event, which runs from 11am to 3pm, will include all open spaces and indoor areas on East Road campus.  It is free to members of the public.  Stall holders will be charged £25.00 for the day.  Charity stalls will have their fees refunded.  The car boot fee is £7.50.

For more information contact Tara White on 0845 196 2776 or email t.white@anglia.ac.uk or visit www.anglia.ac.uk/studentdevelopment .