FEAST — The community’s market

What did you notice most at Sunday’s FEAST? Was it the fact that it didn’t rain, or the chalk paint mes­sages on the pave­ment? Was it the fire engine at Artis­ans, or the num­ber of bug­gies parked up at the Food Fair?

Or was it the feel­ing of com­ing togeth­er that seemed to eman­ate from every corner of West Nor­wood, the sense that the first Sunday of every month has come to embody the ever grow­ing notion of ‘com­munity’ with­in our local area. The FEAST is a place where people meet up and hang out, but it’s also a place to learn about local issues and find out what’s going on in your neigh­bour­hood. This was evid­ent in the grow­ing num­ber of com­munity organ­isa­tions in attend­ance — Nor­wood Forum, West Nor­wood Lib­rary and West Nor­wood Com­munity Muslim Group out­side St Luke’s and the guys from Nor­wood Fire Sta­tion at Artis­ans on Chats­worth Way.

Septem­ber felt like a renew­al of everything FEAST ini­tially hoped to bring out from with­in the com­munity — skills, ideas, con­ver­sa­tions, a sense of fun — things we hope will be act­ively present long into the future.

Next month, FEAST are team­ing up with Nor­wood Food­bank to cel­eb­rate the har­vest sea­son. Togeth­er, we’ll be organ­ising a massive food drive in West Nor­wood with food col­lec­tion points in sev­er­al shops and lots of food related activ­it­ies on the day. If you’re inter­ested in being involved or have an idea for a work­shop or activ­ity, email hello@westnorwoodfeast.com or pop along to one of our open meet­ings every Tues­day from 6.30pm at the Rail­way Tav­ern in Tulse Hill.

See you on 7th Octo­ber!

All pho­tos by Feast pho­to­graph­er Andy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/andybroomfield/). Thanks Andy!

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