The first feast…

We did it! A massive thanks to all those involved in help­ing serve an amaz­ing first feast!

Sunday’s mar­ket was a clear embod­i­ment of the spir­it of people get­ting togeth­er to make some­thing hap­pen. The bounteous smiles and abund­ance of good will was bril­liant. As one of us said, “I’ll be buzz­ing into Thursday!”

Very much like wit­ness­ing the hid­den beauty of a flower reveal­ing itself as it opens up, it was extraordin­ary to see West Nor­wood trans­form from the early hours in the morn­ing as a quiet car free high street into the bustle of activ­ity that was the mar­ket in full Sunday swing.

As dawn was break­ing and the stalls still not put togeth­er, the real­isa­tion that the one ton gen­er­at­or would have to be moved by hand alone (down, and then up Knight’s Hill), and that we were some­how still two tables short, it was hard at times to see where we’d end up.

But with the gentle spring light reveal­ing a cloud­less sky and the quiet assured move­ments of an increas­ingly con­fid­ent team of volun­teers each mar­ket hub star­ted to take shape. As stall­hold­ers arrived and helped with fin­ish­ing the final stages of put­ting up the stalls all of sud­den a mar­ket had formed.

Every­one involved was burst­ing with an incred­ible sense of energy and enthu­si­asm from the joined effort. And the num­bers of people at the mar­ket con­foun­ded expect­a­tions.

If you’d like to share your impres­sions or thoughts of the day we’d love to hear from you.

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