2017’s SPRA Summer Festival, held on the weekend of 16th to 18th June was a great success: locals and visitors turned out in huge numbers, every event was well supported, the sun really shone, there was a wonderful sense of community throughout the weekend and we raised almost £6000 for five local charities (Slade Gardens APG, Friends of St. Michael’s Church, St Paul’s Food Bank in Ferndale Road, Raw Material in Robsart Street and Stockwell Park Community Trust) whilst having a very good time.

The Festival has settled down into a tried and trusted format although we are always open to new ideas in order to keep things fresh and ensure that they don’t become staid.  This year for example we introduced a picnic in the Adventure Playground on the Saturday evening featuring a children’s disco and a wonderful performance from local singer / songwriter Ellie Rose.

The weekend began with the Quiz & Curry evening; an event which was sold out more than two weeks in advance.  On Saturday the Festival Bazaar and Home & Garden competition drew more entries than ever before and the aforementioned Saturday evening picnic in the APG was a stellar event.

Sunday began with glorious sunshine.  The Festival Service led by The Revd Erica Wooff with a wonderful ‘scratch’ choir set just the right tone for the day. Meanwhile the donkeys arrived in the APG and proved as popular as always and once again the pet show proved to be a real crowd pleasing event. 

And then it was time for lunch for more than 200 adults and children, prepared this year by Kate Kellaway (The Stockwell Kitchen) assisted by Jo Craig and  Sarah Barr(Al Fresco Feasts), and many others - this year’s lunch was, arguably, the best ever. 

After lunch a walk around the six local open gardens was just the ticket. 

And then, as always, it was time for tea with a stupendous array of cakes baked by some very talented and equally competitive locals.

None of this was possible, of course, without a great deal of work by a large number of people all of whom give their time for free.  Nor, of course, was it possible without the support and participation of SPRA residents and visitors who turned out in such numbers and with such generosity of pocket and spirit over the weekend.  It’s what makes living here such a joy.

We have already begun planning for next year’s festival which will be on the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018, so get those dates in the diary now.  If you would like to become involved in helping to organise this wonderful community event please let me know via festival@stockwellpark.com

Brian O’Neill

Chair, SPRA Summer Festival Organising Committee

 

2017 Results

The five charities that benefited from the 2017 Summer Festival were:

Slade Gardens Adventure Play Ground

Friends of St. Michael’s Church

St Paul’s Food Bank Ferndale Road, SW9 https://norwoodbrixton.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

Raw Material, Robsart St http://rawmusicmedia.co.uk/

Stockwell Park Community Trust

 

THE HOME & GARDEN COMPETITIONS - Winners

Will & Maria Henniker-Gotley Cup for Best in Show – Mimi Holmes for her brush painting of Donald Trump

Cup Cakes – Amanda Deckker

Bread – Stephen Grist

Fruit Cake – Andrew Methven

Shortbread - Andrew Methven

Chocolate Brownies – Ewout Vellekoop

Quiche – Jeremy Metson

Marmalade – Max Titchmarsh

Chutney – Brian Attwood

Pickles – Ed Howden

Wine – Brian Attwood

Spirits – Liza Howden

Non-Alcoholic Cordials - Liza Howden

Something Made Out of Wood – Ed Howden

Embroidery Cushion or picture – Marina Newland

Hand Knitted Item – Constanza Keiffer

Brush Painting of Donald Trump: 5 and under – Mimi Holmes

Picture or Collage of Donald Trump: 8 and under – Kiki Methven

Miniature Garden: 8 and under – Alec Falinski

Animal made out of fruits or veg: 8 and under – Zara Barr

Handwritten and decorated poster for a visit of Donald Trump to the Stockwell Festival:  9 and over – Edward Harrison

Animal made out of fruits or veg: 9 and over – Koko Holmes

Anything made out of Lego – Izzy Barr

Vase of one rose – Alexia Quinn

Vase of one rose, judged on scent – Liza Howden

Vase of Sweet Peas – Marina Newland

Houseplant:  Foliage – Marina Newland

 

JOSE & MARIA’S BAKE-OFF

MINI MAGIC

WINNER:  BEA HARDIE - 9yrs

VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE WITH CRYSTALLISED LAVENDER & ROSE PETALS

2nd prize to:  BEATRICE QUINN - Three tier Red Velvet heart shaped cake

 

TEEN TRIUMPH

WINNER:  IZZY ELKINGTON – 16yrs

DOUBLE VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

2nd prize to:  EMMA TURNER – Lemon Drizzle Cake

 

STOCKWELL SPARKLER for DECORATION

WINNER:  JACK GOTLEY

TRIPLE TIER CHOCOLATE GERBERA FLOWER CAKE

2nd prize to:  ALICE VALETTE – Maltesas with Kitkat Cake

 

CHAMPION CAKE OF THE SHOW

WINNER:  ROB STIRLING

ORANGE CAKE WITH VANILLA

2nd prize to: PATRICIA ELSEA – Walnut Cake