Event to return in September
Like a friend who suddenly makes an appearance just when you need them, the Village Festival is back on the calendar for 2017.
The event, organised by the Waltham Forest Community Hub, is being billed as ‘a day of community celebration’ and will run from noon to 6pm on Saturday 2nd of September. The festivities will take over Orford Road from the junction with East Avenue all the way around to The Nag’s Head, and it will feature street food, two music stages, arts
and crafts and a special children’s area – with an obligatory bouncy castle. Organisers are expecting there to be upwards of 50 stalls lining the street on the day, with another 20 or so setting up inside the Hub for an indoor market.
Hub manager and festival organiser Monwara Ali says the support from local businesses has been better than ever. So far, Petals in Bloom,The Nag’s Head, Eat17, Estates 17, The Village pub, The Castle, Pillars Brewery, In Vino Veritas, Orford Saloon, Gods Own Junkyard, the Village Market and Sean Pines Photography have all put their money where their mouth is with financial support. “And we certainly would not say no if anyone else
wants to contribute!” says Monwara.
The festival is also involved in the Tesco Bags for Help Scheme. Residents can help the organisers receive up to £4,000 of funding by voting for the Village Festival at Tesco Express stores in Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Chingford and Highams Park until 30th June.
And if you don’t just want to attend, eat, drink and be merry, the festival is also looking for volunteers to help on the day. If that turns your crank, contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 8223 0707.
This article first appeared in the Summer 2017 edition of “The Village” magazine.