Report on the Summer event July 2007

Report on the Summer event in Alma Street on 21 July 2007.

The day was the idea of Diana Harewood who put a huge amount of energy and imagination into organising it. So a million thanks to her.

This in turn is her letter of thanks

Saturday was such a brilliant day. Thank you for being there and taking part. I think we managed to accomplish the desired outcome, which was to unite the community and to create a happy and healthy rapport amongst services, shops and residents.

Sergeant Ryan was present with his team. In fact, Sergeant Ryan was a truly inspirational and integral part of setting up the event. The police also walked two horses over from West Hampstead to interest the animal lovers. The firemen kept the children fascinated and entertained.

Camden Council arranged the street closure and their road sweepers were up bright and early cleaning the street.

We were loaned tables for setting up stalls by both Kelly Street Church and Buck Street Church. Thank you to Maggie Hindley for organizing that. We are so lucky in having St Patrick’s school within the community, the headmaster kindly agreed to loan us their stage and the caretaker Joe generously, spent time putting it together for us on Saturday morning.

We would like to thank Sarah Harvey who designed the most eye-catching posters and whose firm printed possibly 1000 posters for free. Sarah also donated several bottles of alcohol for raffle prizes and due to a prior engagement was unable to attend the party on Saturday.

We would also like to thank all the people who attended meetings to plan and organize Saturday, Sarah Harvey, Mary Hill, Chris Townsend from Map Music, Josie his assistant, Karen, Andy Cornwell and Meire, Rose, Daniella Baynes and Tyrone and Sergeant Ryan. Thank you to the people who helped to set things up on the day, Derek, Karen, Debby, David, Jeff, Daniella, Tyrone, Andy Cornwell, Christine Victorin, Connie who helped in allocating stalls. Also to all those who helped clear up, including David and Alma in Willes Road who took back all those tables.

Thank you to Norma and family for keeping the party going with music from their house when rain stopped play. We would like to thank all the stall holders for taking part and making the event such a success. Christine Victorin, Vincie, Tammy from Flaxon Ptootch with her beautiful casts, Earth, local potters lead by Caroline, Luz Gernstein’s glass jewellery, Rose’s bric-a-brac, Maria from the Portuguese wine delicatessen, Meire and her Brazilian knickers, the police team with crime prevention leaflets. Adam Leys with his pavement poetry, David, Andy, Karen and Ben for their research and information on local history. We had Malu Masatta with Indian clothes, Emma Corrigan’s china, Fiona Dodsworth with her beautiful hand made cards and Jessica who also had a stall with greeting cards and wrapping paper and of course Lucas from Flaxon Ptooch who did so well selling his toys. Mary’s West Indian food stall, the Khan family’s Indian food stall and Boma whose stall of plants looked wonderful.

It’s so nice that so many of the local shops supported us – and it would be great if we can return the favour by shopping locally and supporting them.

We want to thank the face painters, Karen’s daughter Katy, Lucy Trickett and friend who spent time with us even though they were flying out to Magaluf that evening, and Josie. You all did such a wonderful job with the children’s faces.

Thank you to Tyrone for his wonderful display of break dancing despite slippery stage and wet roads.

We also want to thank the acts that performed on stage, Sean Lee and Abstract Word and DJ’s Lepki and Ricardo Waterhouse. We’re sorry local resident Michael Storey wasn’t able to perform due to the weather.

Thanks too to all the local stores who provided prizes for the raffle, brilliantly organised by Mary Hill:

Local resident and partner in the Abbey Tavern, Jeremy Ledlin, the Bengal Lancer, Ace Sports, Floxton Patooch, Owl bookshop for vouchers, Snappy Snaps

as wqell as various generous residents who brought wine and donated on the day, plus Dilip a qualified and experienced garden designer who offered a two hour consultancy and Robert Livock and Jeffrey Enerberi for other raffle prizes.

We were very pleased that Cllr. Ralph Scott managed to arrive in time to give out the raffle prizes on Saturday because he had been so helpful in chasing street closure applications and telling us who we might approach for funding during the planning stage.

It would be good to have a debrief meeting early next week, I suggest Wednesday so that we can set a date for the next event and decide what worked and what we could improve for next year. Let’s meet at MAP – 7 pm – Wednesday 1 August.

For more photos, this time from Thom Sanders: take a look at:
www.flickr.com/photos/forzagaribaldi/sets/72157601019080290/

and of course at this week’s Camden New Journal.