That's it for Fun Palaces 2017 everyone. It was an amazing year on so many levels. Here are big THANK YOUS: Thank you to all our new Makers, thank you to all the repeat offenders. Thank you to our brilliant, lovely and much needed volunteers Fiona, Eleanore and Anna (our youngest volunteer!). Thank you Mailys for managing to get adults to play. Thank you You Ukes for bringing a new energy and some brilliant music in the afternoon. Thank you Shirley Wardell and Rob Simpson for opening the first Fun Palace Parliament, which gave birth to the first democafe in Farnham. A new beginning! Thank you John & Co from Haslemere Camera Club for helping us document the day - for once we have beautiful pictures to share. Thank you Larking Arts for bringing poetry to the Fun Palace, and thank you May for the most amazing post box! Thank you Fadeg and Claire Drewe for bringing the Farnham Giant to life - now to create its myth... Thank you Amnesty for the caring and the sharing. Thank you Marisa for the Pop-Up clay workshop. Thank you Farnham Library for being part of the Fun Palace this year. We heard you had a VERY busy day, the library was definitely buzzing. THANK YOU Museum of Farnham for letting us play in your gallery once again (can we borrow it again on 06 October 2018 please?) - Liz and Emma: thank you so very much for your advice, help and support. Thank you to all our visitors, we saw plenty of new faces. There were about 200 of you. We hope you had fun, and that you learnt a few things, made new encounters, went home full of ideas. Our last and most heartfelt thank you goes to the Fun Palaces HQ for the year long support and above all for having this crazy idea 5 years ago - crazy because it must have made some people cringe, crazy because those who didn't cringe didn't know they were allowed to play, didn't know they were able to play. 5 years ago people told us: why do you want to play? You're not from the community, you're not artists, you're not scientists. Do you have permission to play? It's free? It must be rubbish. This year people told us: can we play too? It's free? that's amazing! And they said thank you - for the first time. That's what 5 years of making and 4 Fun Palaces have changed in Farnham: they've opened minds, they've opened doors, they've let everyone in - good luck taking that back cringers!