North East of Horley, you will find The Acres, a development of over 700 homes, comprising of people of all ages and walks of life. The Acres currently ranks as our most popular Nextdoor neighbourhood, with a whopping 75% of households on Nextdoor!
Last year, we spoke to Nextdoor neighbourhood lead and Chairman of their Residents Association, Martin Saunders just after the neighbourhood celebrated the Royal Wedding. This time, Nextdoor partnered once again with the community at The Acres as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing.
Due to the high number of neighbours signed-up to Nextdoor, Martin was able to easily share with residents details of the party and to ask for volunteers to help set up on the day.
Over 150 people came along to enjoy the festivities, which involved fancy dress, a cake making competition, fitness classes and a community quiz.
Following on from the Royal Wedding party they held last year, Martin saw how powerful it was to hold an event where residents would get the chance to meet one another, have fun and good conversation.
Celebrating an event like the moon landing, was a great way to bring young and old together. It served as an ice breaker for younger residents to ask older ones what the event was like at the time.
Martin Saunders, Nextdoor neighbourhood lead and Chairman of the Residents Association, said: “We had a wonderful day celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA’s moon landing. The Acres Residents’ Association works hard to build and maintain a happy and trusting community, and it was inspiring to see our friends and neighbours come together to build rockets, eat cake and celebrate one of the greatest achievements of mankind. Nextdoor is the perfect tool to help promote an event like this.”
This is a great example of Nextdoor being used to plan community events. If you are thinking of planning one of your own, Nextdoor can be a great way to connect with your neighbours, just simply post a message in your newsfeed to get started.
Below are some ideas of what we’ve seen other members doing in their communities:
- Community clean-ups
- Charity bake sales
- Community fitness such as walking groups, running clubs, cycling teams and 5-a-side football
- Quiz nights
- Cafe and pub get-togethers