Get involved with Oakham community events and make it a year to remember

THIS year is the year to get involved in community events as it is going to be one to remember.

In June the Queen will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee and there are already plans for Oakham to host a big celebration in Cutts Close.

But fun and celebrations in the town will not stop there as groups are looking for volunteers to come forward and help to make 2012 the biggest yet.

Oakham Festival will run from June 15-28 this year and there is already an array of acts and activities arranged.

This year the festival committee plans to transform the Oakham Castle grounds into a hub of creativity and amusement for the weekend of June 22, 23 and 24 instead of having an open air market in Gaol Street like last year.

Already planned for June 23 is a craft market in the castle grounds during daytime, followed by evening entertainment from The Houndogs.

In order to ensure that all of the events over the festival run according to plan the committee is asking for volunteers to come forward and help.

Arts for Rutland chairman Peter Lawson said: “Arts for Rutland is a strong supporter of the Oakham Festival and we hope that many people will volunteer for this exciting venture and make it a true success within Rutland.

“It is a lot of fun, you get to know the artists involved and it is an opportunity to become part of a team.”

Gardeners are also being urged to taker part in this year’s open gardens event in Oakham.

The Oakham in Bloom committee is organising the event to showcase some of the town’s gardens and raise money for its own projects.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 22. Participants will need to be on hand during the day to welcome guests and chat about their gardens.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120 or e-mail info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk for full details.

Oakham mayor Joyce Lucas said: “I would encourage people to volunteer for these events, especially the festival because it is such great fun.

“I am a great believer in local events and if you have got the time and the energy then please help.”

The festival committee is also looking for new ideas for the event and are willing to talk to anyone who has an opinion on what the programme should include.

To contact the festival team or to volunteer visit www.oakhamfestival.co.uk, search for Oakham Festival on Facebook or follow @oakhamfestival on Twitter.

Oakham Town Partnership which is organising the jubilee events in the town is also looking for community involvement.

The committee is hoping to hear from groups, teams and organisations in the town that would like to be involved in the events.

To submit an idea e-mail oakhamtownpartnership@gmail.com