This Sporting FEAST

Feast Flyer July

July 2014 has just about the most sport in it that a human res­id­ent of this sceptred isle can handle — the World Cup, the Tour de France (which has some bik­ing action in Eng­land), the Com­mon­wealth Games and Wimble­don — all in one sum­mer month. It makes us tired just think­ing about it. But not so tired that we didn’t make an effort and theme some of what’s hap­pen­ing at FEAST this Sunday around sport (as if you hadn’t had enough already).

The very first thing you need to do this Sunday is get your cheeks painted with your favour­ite sport­ing nation’s flag.

Come to the children’s activ­it­ies table at either the Food Fair or Artis­ans and one of our lovely volun­teers will paint the flag of your choice (though we might just draw the line at the flag of Swaziland…).

And yes, we do know it’s the Wimble­don final on Sunday 6 July… but don’t stay at bor­ing old home to watch it, come along to FEAST! In the garden at St Luke’s we will have a massive radio tuned to the ten­nis so you can sit and listen to wheth­er Mur­ray (?!) treats us all to anoth­er nail bit­ing final. Whilst munch­ing on a straw­berry and cream filled cake and teeth-siev­ing the veget­a­tion out of a Pimms. We’d call that ‘love all’, we would.

Have you got a freedom pass?

Yes? Good oh, then you’ll enjoy FEAST this month. If you haven’t already seen one of these little fly­ers about, then here’s a look. 

Come along to Artis­ans and share your memor­ies of West Nor­wood with our volun­teers and help cre­ate a Memory Book. While you’re there, how does a free cuppa and slice of deli­cious cake (cour­tesy of The Cupcake Shop and FEAST) sound? Pretty darned good, yeah? If you have a Free­dom Pass, that is.

If you aren’t lucky enough to own one of these yet, you will be forced to pay for your liquid refresh­ments — but oh what refresh­ments. Fresh & Green (along both sides of Nor­wood Road now) has Kyonocha com­ing along this month who are selling a select range of Chines and Japan­ese teas and teaware (pre­sume that means cups and teapots). And a man called Phil­lip Rogers will be there with his freshly made fruit juices.

All your usual food­ie favour­ites will be at FEAST this Sunday — plus a couple of new­bies up at the Food Fair. Bare Bones Cue are com­ing along with pulled pork in vari­ous hous­ings, and Owl’s Kit­chen too. Not 100% sure what the owl does in its kit­chen, but that’s good enough a reas­on to go along and find out.

Get those legs moving

A thing not to be missed this FEAST is the Zumba demon­stra­tion at 2pm on the steps of St Luke’s. This is being bought to you by a lot of ener­get­ic high kick­ing West Nor­wood women (who hap­pen to be pen­sion­ers) with the aid of just some music and the odd chair.

They are fol­lowed by the incom­par­able South London Samba who will be banging their drums till the end of play. You can also shake a leg to vari­ous other free enter­tain­ments at FEAST: DJ Luke will be spin­ning some more tunes at Artis­ans, with old faves Steve and the Hats play­ing from 11.45am fol­lowed by a new to FEAST act, Uff­ing­ton 357.

Talk­ing leg action, do you have a bike that you never use? Why is this? It is surely not because you are too unfit / stiff / lazy to get it out. No, it is because it has a flat tyre / frayed brake cables / slip­ping gears / is leth­al (select appro­pri­ate option).

Never fear, Dr Bike is here! These lovely guys from Lam­beth will be at Retro with their bike repair kits to fix your old bone shaker up — for free!

And if you don’t have a bike, how about Try Before You Bike, a bike loan scheme from Lam­beth. You can find out more from the Dr Bikers. There are simply no excuses now.

While the old bike is get­ting a ser­vi­cing it won’t for­get, you can browse all the Retro reg­u­lars. The Book Cross­ing has been restocked and Rosebery’s will have their valu­er there to check out your rel­ics. Or just bring along a flask of tea and read the Sunday papers.

What goes on in the Portico Gallery?

Ever been curi­ous? For those who first watched telly in the 70s, the Por­tico is very like Mr Ben's shop. If you would like to know what kind of weird and utterly won­der­ful stuff goes on behind the tidy shop front of 23A Knight’s Hill, pop in on Sunday. We can’t prom­ise a Chan­ging Room or magic portal to adven­ture, but answers you will find…