A family fun day takes place this Sunday (July 24) in memory of a community champion who organised many similar events over the years.

Activities are taking place on the Allington Place play area, Handbridge, in commemoration of the life of Marjorie Meacock, known as Marj, who died last year.

The fun day will run from 1-4pm with face painting, a goal-scoring challenge, circus skills, bongo drums, junior talent contest, nail-painting and various games.

There will be a tombola, raffles and refreshment stalls including tea and coffee as well as cakes and sweets.

Marjorie organised many community projects in Handbridge until her untimely death, aged 71, so the fun day seemed an appropriate tribute.

And last Sunday (July 17) a memorial plaque was unveiled on the side of The Ship, by Edgar’s Field, in Handbridge. A second plaque will be erected at the site of the buried ‘time capsule’ in the village.

There were speeches from members of Handbridge Community Association, to which Marj had belonged, plus contributions from family and friends. There was a balloon release with personal messages to Marj attached.

And live music was performed by her nephew Spike reflecting her favourite songs.

Her twin brother Mike Stevens said: “Majorie Meacock was a passionate 71-year- old lady whose whole life revolved around the welfare of people in Handbridge. Now, sadly, a vast void has opened in many people’s lives.

“Mrs Meacock was a formidable advocate for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in the community who successfully involved herself organising and raising money for numerous charitable projects in order to improve the quality of life for both young and old alike in the village.

“Marj, as she was known, selflessly worked face-to- face with residents, councillors and city administrators; promoting local businesses and improving the Christmas illuminations throughout Handbridge, especially around the high street and Edgar’s Field.”