Tuesday, 1 September 2009

And a great time was had by all...

The first resident-organised Isleworth Fayre (or Fair, if you prefer) passed off very successfully on Sunday afternoon, with groups and agencies from all over Isleworth and beyond mucking in to do their bit.

Local historian Eddie Menday served as Master of Ceremonies with backing from Radio West Middlesex, who provided the music. Isleworth Safer Neighbourhood Team and the fire brigade were there to answer questions and meet local people, a few fairground-type stalls, face-painting and rides were there for the kids, and tables were manned by the Isleworth Royal British Legion, the ICG, Delicacies Deli, LA Fitness, Hounslow Animal Welfare Society, the Mulberry Centre, Friends of Isleworth Public Hall, Brentford FC, the Cathja Project and The Isleworth Society (apologies if I've left anybody out). Former record-breaking cyclist and Isleworth resident Eileen Sheridan sold signed copies of her autobiography and Jon Hardy and myself endured several soakings in the stocks as residents were able to Soak a Councillor with wet sponges for a small consideration.

In the afternoon the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Barbara Harris, arrived and made a speech, then spent a whole couple of hours chatting to residents, enjoying the atmosphere and - finally - judging the tug o'war final in which the Isleworth RBL were defeated by a team from the Swan, cheered on by what had by that time become quite a crowd. It was also a pleasure to be joined in the afternoon by the Revd. Anna Brooker.

In the evening the IRBL laid on a disco and raffles, and the dancing went on till the end of the evening. A really fun time was had by all.

That this event was a great success was down to the fact that it was a real community event in which so many people pitched in, but special mention must go to our own Andy Sibley and to Linda Green from the IRBL. I would also like to thank Kate Manikon of Fusion for arranging the loan of the tables from Isleworth Public Hall.

Below are a few photos from the event:

Brentford mascot Buzz Bee arrives at the Fayre.

Isleworth's Safer Neighbourhood Team look on as Councillor Dr. Genevieve Hibbs holds court.

The ICG raffle and tombola raised over £100 for our election fighting fund.

The vegetable samosas from the Delicacies stall were amongst the best I have ever tasted. Not too keen on lollipops though.

Our own Iona London leads for the Isleworth Royal British Legion.

The Isleworth Society (TIS) signed up several new members.

Diving enthusiast Councillor Jon Hardy's wetsuit comes in handy.

Some of the bigger children at the Fayre. Linda Green (far right) takes a well deserved break from organising.

Historian Eddie Menday looks on as Deputy Mayor Councillor Barbara Harris makes a speech.

The Legion's tug o'war team takes the strain...

...but it's the Swan who eventually triumph. Councillor Harris holds the "cup" aloft.

1 comment:

Avid Reader said...

A great idea, but no mention of whether it's likely to become a regular fixture !
I feel a similar event every May Day bank holiday will prove popular and really bring the community together.
Has any thought been given to this or was Sunday just an isolated one-off ?