When it rains, it pours…and then the sun comes out!

The weath­er hadn’t been that good in a long time — clear skies, bright sun­shine and a sense that maybe, just maybe, the August Feast might break the long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of rainy weath­er.

Then it rained. And rained some more. It rained until Knight’s Hill had a river of water gush­ing across its sur­face, until the grass was sod­den, until the gleam of a Feast hi-vis was but a glim­mer, sand­wiched between bod­ies des­per­ately seek­ing shel­ter under a gazebo.

But that’s the funny thing about Feast — des­pite the rain and the cold and the fact that we’d all actu­ally dressed for much warm­er weath­er (what with it being August and everything), every­one still had a good time. Even­tu­ally, the sun did come out, and kids played and hopped on space hop­pers, and the bar sold its award-win­ning cider to thirsty cus­tom­ers, and food was enjoyed, music listened to, a hog roas­ted, and the Garden­ers Corner looked so lush and green that some­how the rain didn’t mat­ter any­more.

Feast has always been and always will be more than just a mar­ket — it’s a place to meet new people and old friends, a place to share ideas and gain new ones, and it’s some­thing we do to make West Nor­wood a bet­ter place to be, even if it’s just for that one day.

So, for the next Feast on 2nd Septem­ber, bring a brolly, a water­proof and prob­ably some wel­lies, and come and enjoy a day that we hope adds some­thing good to the com­munity each month.

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