Spring (boing Boing) And The First FEAST Of The Season, Sunday 6 April!

April 2014 Flyer

It has been a long three months and about time we had anoth­er FEAST, no? The theme for this April’s FEAST is East­er (or FEASTer if you like) and although the actu­al East­er week­end is two whole weeks after­wards, who’s wor­ried? No one, that’s who. Apart from the East­er eggs. There is a dis­tinct chance of eat­ing some of these ahead of time, if you are inter­ested…

East­er Egg Hunt­ing
This is to occur between two Hubs (you will have to turn up to FEAST to find out which) and a few local shops. Each loc­a­tion will have a free mini egg avail­able for you to pop in your mouth (or your child’s should you want to be self­less here) but only if a ques­tion is answered cor­rectly (I don’t think they will be Hard Ques­tions). If sev­er­al mini eggs don’t do it for you, you can enter a prize draw for a whole chocol­ate bunny to your­self by simply com­plet­ing a form with all answers cor­rectly annot­ated. Super. Job done.
So what else do have we for you on Sunday 6 April?
Shall we start at the bot­tom and work our way up the street, as all good FEAST­ies
should? (though obvi­ously not the ones liv­ing at the top, but let’s park that one on Ped­ants’ Corner for now, shall we?).

Fresh & Green
Have a wander along the stalls on Nor­wood Road where you can get all sorts of won­der­ful­ness for your gar­dens and your later-when-you-get-home tum­mies. If the smalls are whinging, do stop by at Drum & Ker­nel and get some pop­corn to help you all on your way. All the best people do.

Artis­ans’ Hub
On Chats­worth Way we all the usual lovely stalls selling what they do. Of spe­cial note is Martin Grover who effort­lessly renders our spot in south east Lon­don into just the coolest paint­ings and prints, ever. Don’t take my word for it, go down and see for your­self. Whilst there, if you own one of those chil­dren fond of clam­ber­ing up a fire engine we have a spe­cial treat… TheW­est Nor­wood White Watch engine and its fire­fight­ers will be parked up there (unless they get a call out) between 2pm and 4pm. So whilst you get your arty kicks, your fire­fight­er wan­nabes will be happy too. And all the while everyone’s being enter­tained by our favour­ite local per­formers Steve and the Hats (12.00pm-1.20pm), Johnny and the Daves’ (1.30pm-2.00pm) and the lovely Alanah Duncan (2.00pm-2.45pm).

Food Fair
Lift thine eyes up the high street and you will see the bunt­ing round St Luke’s — head that way. Up in the food hub you will find the usual FEAST cor­nu­copia of delight­ful and deli­cious. And there’s even more of the FREE STUFF to enjoy for all. There’s South London Samba 2.00pm-2.30pm per­form­ing on the church steps fol­lowed by Vincent Burke 2.45pm-3.30pm. For the kid­diewinkles, I am told that the ever pop­u­lar badge mak­ing is return­ing and that col­our­ing in “has a spring feel to it, with col­our your own but­ter­flies and flowers to take away and bright­en homes. We’ll also be ask­ing chil­dren to help make paper chains and cup­cake bunt­ing to dec­or­ate the hubs”. Sadly, not with real cup­cakes.

The South Lon­don Play Part­ners will have the usual large play stuff in the gar­dens, includ­ing the cargo net and tree stumps. For those more focused nip­pers, the activ­ity this FEAST will be plant­ing. Chil­dren will be able to plant a run­ner bean to take home, watch it grow and eat it. That’s if they are Good Chil­dren who eat their beans (and water them).

Retro Hub
From the Food Fair, it’s just a quick trot up Knight’s Hill (hurd­ling the road works) to the Retro Hub, billed as “a treas­ure trove of baubles, trinkets, curios — a cel­eb­ra­tion of the unusu­al and unique, with clothes, accessor­ies and foot­wear from the mid-cen­tury to the late 20th cen­tury.” Who could pos­sibly res­ist? Espe­cially as all the reg­u­lars will be there like Love­some Cake with their deli­cious homemade treats and Sta­tion­ery Traffic and their quirky range of kitsch greet­ing cards. One not­able new stall is Pre­his­tor­ic Presents (it doesn’t get more vin­tage than this, folks) with crys­tals and min­er­als, ancient fossils and even dino­saur poo. Nice. I am told you can wear some of these earthly treas­ures as jew­ellery. Not the poo though, one hopes. There’s some­thing for every­one with prices ran­ging from £1. And what’s more, the stall’s Dino­saur Fossil bag was fea­tured in the Guard­i­an Xmas gift guide as an edu­ca­tion­al toy. So there.

The Portico
All sorts hap­pen­ing there. And it’s just across the road from Retro at Rosebery’s too. And indoors. And warm. There’s a bazaar inside with jew­ellery, ceram­ics, cards and much more, all made by local artists, craftspeople and artis­ans. These lovely people will also be there, I’ll let them tell you what they do…
The Open Works
is an exper­i­ment­al pro­ject aim­ing to make prac­tic­al changes to our every­day lives. How can we spend more pro­duct­ive time togeth­er work­ing, eat­ing, fix­ing, build­ing, cre­at­ing live­li­hoods, grow­ing, shar­ing, cook­ing… ?
Join as a free mem­ber for access to func­tion­al spaces such as co-work­ing, kit­chens, work­shops and grow­ing spaces. And sup­port to devel­op your ideas into pro­jects or ven­tures. Come and see us on Feast day to find out more!”

And if all that is not enough for you on your fab fun-packed FEAST day, you can even take in a free yoga class! (as long as you book in advance)

On an entirely non FEAST day note, I was informed by a kindly and help­ful read­er that the West Norwood Skatepark Association are hav­ing plans drawn up to revamp ‘blob lands’ an old 70’s style pad­dling pool in West Nor­wood park. Now I am not entirely sure what blob lands are but I liked the idea of revamp­ing them. If you want to know more, visit their site and get involved.

And finally, can you all still keep your eyes peeled for Dot, the lost Jack Russell. She (or some small can­ine per­son­age very likely to be her) has been seen in West Nor­wood, alone and run­ning. If you see her, don’t give chase but try call­ing her name. If that doesn’t work, see if you can get a photo of her and get in con­tact with me at hello@westnorwoodfeast.com or via the Face­book page. Thank­ing you.

If any­one has any­thing of interest they’d like to share – on a West Nor­wood ish kind of line — please do email it in. All sub­mis­sions of a reas­on­able nature con­sidered.

See you at FEAST. I will be the one attempt­ing to look like I know what is going on.


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