Saturday 24 November 2012, 1-2am
Green Isle, Outside B&Q, Cricklewood Lane
Cricklewood’s first Winterfest was switched on Saturday, 24 November – in the worst winter weather of the year. An ambitious 20 marquees were quickly filled with brave-hearted traders. The seasonal atmosphere quickly followed as the air filled with the aroma of mulled wine and the bass sound of the oompah band.
Through the day there was no break in the rain but as darkness fell, the light from the Christmas tree and the warm glow from the stalls gaveCricklewooda magical feel. Especially seasonal wasSanta’s Grottowhich was probably another first for Cricklewood. Alastair from Creative Cricklewood again worked real magic with the children getting them to make amazing Christmas decorations. Out over the street real decorations – the prototypes for futureCricklewood Christmasdecorations went on display to canvass public opinion.
The music kept on coming with the strains ofMary Calton Jazz Bandand theCricklewood Choirsuperbly conducted byChas Bayfieldcompleting the seasonal atmosphere.Mr Cee the able MCkept spirits up among traders and helpers. This time the bingo was replaced by a great raffle with over 30 prizes making sure as many as possible were winners.
So was it a successful first time? The support of theWinterfeston such a day was a grueling test. The community, traders and helpers all passed with honours. It was a credit to the spirit of the neighbourhood that it was such a success as to ensure it will be the first of more to come. And we have our first everCricklewood Christmastree as well shining brightly on the green space in Cricklewood Lane.
Cricklewood WinterFest follows the successful Cricklewood Silk Road Festival. CIP are looking to build a team of volunteers to help at these events which will not be more than 4 in a year. If you would like to be involved and included in the volunteer bank, contact CIP at email@example.com
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