2017 is a big year for VICTA as we turn the big 3-0. We thought there was no better way to celebrate than to throw a huge party for our families, young people, volunteers and professionals who have helped VICTA become the wonderful organisation it is today. And what better date to choose than 5th November? Very easy to remember.

The staff team was busy the whole morning transforming the Caldecotte Xperience into a party venue worthy of such a prestigious event. Once families started to arrive at 3pm, the party was in full flow. We had a range of autumnal and bonfire night themed crafts, as well as a Guy making competition. It’s fair to say, parents seemed far more competitive than their children! Another big hit was our mobile farm. Children loved the opportunity to get hands on with sheep, chickens, goats, donkeys and more.

We were honoured to have the Mayor of Milton Keynes visit the party. After doing the rounds and meeting families, he had the great responsibility of lighting the bonfire. He said some touching words before lighting the fire; thankfully, it went up quickly and safely!

Throughout the party, everyone was kept happy with a delicious hog roast, toffee apples, popcorn and birthday cake. After the Guys were judged, it was time for them to be thrown onto the fire! After that, it was what everyone had been waiting for – the big fireworks display. And it did not disappoint! It was then time for our families to head home, after enjoying a wonderful day together celebrating everything VICTA has achieved over the years.

But that wasn’t the end of the party. Our volunteers, young people and professionals stayed on to dance the night away with our Ceilidh band!

We think it’s safe to say that everyone who attended had a brilliant time, and it was a great chance to celebrate together as one big VICTA family. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been part of the VICTA journey, in any way, big or small, over the last 30 years. We look forward to the next 30 years, and everything we can achieve together.

Written by Felicity Poulton, Activities Coordinator at VICTA.