Festival of Collecting in Fishponds marks royal birthday

June 05 2016

YOU can meet Dave and see some of the light bulbs from his collection at a special event he has organised to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

YOU can meet Dave and see some of the light bulbs from his collection at a special event he has organised to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Festival of Collecting takes place at All Saints community hall, Grove Road, Fishponds on June 11 and will feature a diverse mix of collections.
Previous events have included metal detector finds, tea towels, Scouting badges, Mr Men, Thomas the Tank Engine, rocks and minerals, tickets, model trains, cameras, old newspapers, Wedgwood miniatures and ornamental Hippos.
The event has been arranged in response to a call from the Bristol Diocese to see churches around Bristol hosting events to celebrate Her Majesty’s landmark birthday.
The idea isn’t entirely new as Dave usually helps organise a Celebration of Collecting in May as a member of Fishponds Activate, a community group whose calendar of events includes Fishponds Horticultural Show and St George in the Park.
Dave said: “We felt this would be a good event to hold in support of the birthday celebrations and we were able to change our normal date. All Saints is a great venue for this as we intend to follow the exhibition with a bring and share afternoon tea party in the grounds.”
Dave is hoping his enthusiasm for collecting will rub off on some of the younger visitors to the festival.
He said: “The idea is to try to engage young people into collecting stuff and make them realise it doesn’t have to be something which costs them lots of money. The ideal things to collect are the things most people would throw away. As no-one’s making the effort to keep anything, in 20 years’ time you’ll never see them and that’s where collectors come in.
“Collecting is a fascinating and rewarding hobby. I hope that others may be inspired to take up the hobby if they come along and see what is on display.”
The event will run from 12-3pm. Anyone wishing to exhibit a collection, can contact Dave on 0117 958 4164 or via  pyronaught2000@yahoo.co.uk