The dust has settled on shin-dig that will live long in our memory. Having historically run fete type events, this was our first step into the world of entertainment. Yes: this was Festival fun
For our 40-strong volunteer team it started in dramatic fashion. While we had prepared for high winds, we hadn’t prepared for a torrential downpour! Fortunately it passed before the gates were due to open, and despite the rather gusty wind the sun shone for the majority of the festival. By the time people started arriving, the food was cooking, the first band was ready to play and many of the activities were set up and raring to go.
From food to craft, and from music to breakout sessions, there was plenty to hear, see, touch, taste and smell. We hear our very own “Bee man” was a particular hit with a stall that sold festival attire, a taste of the rarest of honey and gave people a chance to name one of our bees.
We had fresh produce, plants and a variety of cooked food available to buy. We also had crafts and other fun activities like chicken handling, face painting and working with willow. Then there was the music. The bands played in the unique setting of our poly-tunnel!
The poly-tunnel made for a great atmosphere, along with providing a really nice acoustic. But it was the seven bands and artists playing throughout the day that really made it a class venue. Some were already Sydenham Garden favourites, like Kate’s Sax three piece, the folky Lark in the Woods and the lively crowd pleasing Brockley Ukulele Group. Some were new faces, like the melodious Jessica Irvine, the funky Ukadelix and the rocky Painted Radio. We also had Helen playing the Accordion at different times during the day. The Poly-tunnel venue finished off in style with the indescribable Discount Orchestra. It really was a lot of Festival fun!
We want to say a great big thank you to all who came out, making it a fantastic day. The whole event is voluntary, and any proceeds left will go towards helping those recovering from mental ill health. Keep an eye on our page: events for our next big event.
Our Christmas Fair will take place at 28a Wynell Road, SE26 2LW on 3rd December at 11am.