Our Community Festival

An item from Barbara White, one of our Labour Councillors for Goodmayes & Chair of the Area 5 Committee

What a wonderful day was had by approximately 5.000 people on the last Sunday in September. They were the people who attended the Area 5 (Chadwell, Goodmayes & Seven Kings) Community Festival.

The crowds were entertained by the Wenn Stage School, a Folk Band, and a very energetic Janice Irwin who had the crowd on their feet joining in her Zumba Class. They say that Britain’s Got Talent but I can assure you that Redbridge has as well.

Free food for all was provided by the Seven Kings Gurdwara and there was a BBQ provided by the Barley Bowls Club. Our Deputy Mayor, Cllr Felicity Banks, tried her hand at bowling. Free afternoon tea was provided at St Paul’s Church as part of the event. Councillors from Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Chadwell were also there offering help and advice to residents.

There were so many events for the children that it is difficult to know where to start. Spartans Basket Ball Team coached younger children, the Youth Bus was there as was a climbing wall, gyroscope and crazy bikes for free. Maytime Montessori, Goodmayes carried out free face painting and henna and for the mums and dads Lloyds Pharmacy, Chadwell Heath, gave free checks for blood pressure and diabetes.

The local allotment societies from both Seven Kings and Goodmayes joined forces to display a colourful array of produce.

There was a Give or Take Recycling event and Dr Bike was there to fix any bike problems.

The event proved that in Area 5 there is only one community and that is Our Community.

I would like to thank the caretaker, staff and everybody who helped with the event. The biggest accolade must go to Antoinette Davis who was like a one woman show pulling all the events together. She even arranged the sunshine.

I’m looking forward to next year and hope to see you there.

Cllr Barbara White, Goodmayes. Chair Area 5.