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A ‘tickety-boo’ afternoon playing street bingo

18 May 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

An idea to engage the community was a great success as residents in Miss Harrower’s cul-de-sac signed up to join in an afternoon of street bingo.  Miss Harrower had seen the game being played in a village near to her parents’ home and thought it would be a great way to involve the residents in her street.

Popping a note through everyone’s doors, she expected three or four households to be keen, but was thrilled when 18 separate houses signed up – with forty-eight players in total it was going to be a competitive afternoon!  The games started at 3pm, with each household kindly donating a prize, as well as their own refreshments to adhere to social distancing requirements.

It was a hugely successful afternoon and really united the community. Dick Harrington said it was the first time he had seen all his neighbours out for an event like this in the 45 years he has lived on the street. He told tales of his experience as a tail gunner in the war and that he was based in Italy on VE day. At 21-years old it was all an adventure to him and he didn’t get to celebrate VE day until two weeks afterwards as he had to fly for several days afterwards. However, he said he made up for it!

Miss Harrower said: “I did genuinely feel like I was organising one of our primary sport events in the lead up to it. It really was all worthwhile and I was overwhelmed and touched with the huge round of applause at the end, as well as many messages that evening thanking me and telling me how much they were looking forward to the next one. … pressure…. I may have to invest in a laminator/bingo machine to save printing 240 tickets!

“I genuinely felt so happy that so many people took part, evoking a real sense of community spirit given the unprecedented times.”

Five games were played, each for a ‘line and then the full house’, so 10 winners in total and there were enough prizes for each household to come up and choose one at the end. The afternoon brought multiple generations together, the youngest player was 12 and the most senior was 96.

If you fancy a change from your weekly quizzes, then consider an afternoon of street bingo! Miss Harrower has plenty of tips for you, and is now an expert on ‘bingo lingo’ – from ‘two little ducks’ to ‘tickety boo’!

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