One Leaflet Creates a Community

Belvoir Drive were delighted to be awarded ‘best dressed street’ by the Stn during the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. This award recognises the efforts of the residents who have worked together and use celebrations to turn their street into an inclusive community.
This Jubilee weekend, Belvoir Drive was festooned with bunting and flags and culminated in a street party on a soggy Sunday. The party started with an opening ceremony including a speech, a ‘champagne’ toast to Her Majesty (and a resident of equal age!) and the National Anthem. There was a bar, tables heaving with delicious and creative food, flower arrangements, a kids games tent and music – there was even a VIP area for older residents who had witnessed most, if not all, of the Queen’s reign.
This is not the first street event for Belvoir Drive. The first was for VE Day to bring some joy during lockdown and started by one resident posting leaflets to each house. ‘Leaflet Lady’ struck again at Christmas 2020 when all events were cancelled so Belvoir Drive had their own street Christmas Lights switch on with ‘drinkies on the drive’; this was followed by an even brighter event at Christmas 2021 when money was raised by one resident for a charity in memory of her son. The street has now formed a committee, nicknamed Belvoir Bashes.
It just goes to show that one simple action can transform a street of people who would typically wave to each other on bin day or in passing, into a supportive community of developing friendships.