Extended Headington Festival aiming to bring community together

From left, Headington Action members Patrick Coulter, nine-year-old Lucy Webb and Keith Frayn in Bury Knowle Park where the event takes place this weekend                      Picture: OX67518 Mark Hemswor

From left, Headington Action members Patrick Coulter, nine-year-old Lucy Webb and Keith Frayn in Bury Knowle Park where the event takes place this weekend Picture: OX67518 Mark Hemswor Buy this photo

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COMMUNITY groups have been busy preparing for what they hope will be the biggest and best Headington Festival.

Organisers are expecting thousands of residents to flock to Bury Knowle Park for a bumper weekend of fun, music and sport tomorrow and Sunday.

The festival was extended to two days this year after 7,000 people turned out for last year’s festivities.

Headington Action hoped the event would bring the community together and encourage more residents to take up sport.

Chairman Patrick Coulter said: “We’ve got the Oxford Lindy Hoppers dancing and there will be a performer playing on the piano in the street.

“We’ve also got a local food and craft fair which will have some pretty exotic food and crafts.

“The festival has been running for about 12 years. We did it to bring people together in Headington.

“It is very much a local event and they come together. There will be a fun fair and events for kids and older people.”

There will be a street fair from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and the town crier will be out in full swing to announce festivities.

Nick Gill, from the Oxford Classic Jazz Band, Jebb the Jester and Headington folk group Hand Picked will feature among a host of performers along London Road and Windmill Road from 11am.

The Hebborns Fun Fair will open in Bury Knowle Park at 2pm.

A sporting Sunday will see families take part in welly wanging and storytelling and there will be a magic show from 1pm to 5pm in Oxford’s Bury Knowle Park.

Mr Coulter added: “It is fun for everyone – we’ve got a fairground for kids and we’ve got sports that they can try. It kicks off the summer in Headington.”

He thanked businesses and shop owners for supporting this year’s festival.

Organiser Jill Cummings has been setting up an odd one out competition in windows of businesses in London Road for children to spot this week.

More than 20 shops have taken part in the contest.

Entries can be posted in Wishy, the walking post box.

Friends of Bury Knowle Park vice-chairman Ms Cummings said: “It is coming out and into the shopping area.

“It is quite important that the businesses are all getting involved as well.”

 

 

 

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5:32am Fri 30 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Oh dear, not another 'festival' in Oxford? They might help fill 'white space' in local newspapers, and justify why local government staff get paid from public money - such as City Couucil's Communities and Neighbourhood Teams - but instead of spending time and money on fairs and festivals, why not put the money where it is needed, like into social and children's services, and the elderly? Then you het all the hype and razmataz associated with these events, where people are encouraged to attend because everything for children is 'free' to help deprived neighbourhoods, when in fact somebody is paying for this and isn't free! The LibDems just won a City Council Ward up Headington - maybe now is the time for the new Councillor to start helping resolve all the issues raised and keep the promises made, instead of having yet another PR stunt to deflect public attention ftom election promises and real needs?
Oh dear, not another 'festival' in Oxford? They might help fill 'white space' in local newspapers, and justify why local government staff get paid from public money - such as City Couucil's Communities and Neighbourhood Teams - but instead of spending time and money on fairs and festivals, why not put the money where it is needed, like into social and children's services, and the elderly? Then you het all the hype and razmataz associated with these events, where people are encouraged to attend because everything for children is 'free' to help deprived neighbourhoods, when in fact somebody is paying for this and isn't free! The LibDems just won a City Council Ward up Headington - maybe now is the time for the new Councillor to start helping resolve all the issues raised and keep the promises made, instead of having yet another PR stunt to deflect public attention ftom election promises and real needs? Myron Blatz
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6:35am Fri 30 May 14

alu355 says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Oh dear, not another 'festival' in Oxford? They might help fill 'white space' in local newspapers, and justify why local government staff get paid from public money - such as City Couucil's Communities and Neighbourhood Teams - but instead of spending time and money on fairs and festivals, why not put the money where it is needed, like into social and children's services, and the elderly? Then you het all the hype and razmataz associated with these events, where people are encouraged to attend because everything for children is 'free' to help deprived neighbourhoods, when in fact somebody is paying for this and isn't free! The LibDems just won a City Council Ward up Headington - maybe now is the time for the new Councillor to start helping resolve all the issues raised and keep the promises made, instead of having yet another PR stunt to deflect public attention ftom election promises and real needs?
Without knowing how much public money s being spent on this it is difficult to comment on whether it is money well spent but I would argue that community events like this can save as much as they cost. Building a community spirit has lot of benefits such as reduced crime and littering.

Would be a boring world if we only spent money on essentials.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, not another 'festival' in Oxford? They might help fill 'white space' in local newspapers, and justify why local government staff get paid from public money - such as City Couucil's Communities and Neighbourhood Teams - but instead of spending time and money on fairs and festivals, why not put the money where it is needed, like into social and children's services, and the elderly? Then you het all the hype and razmataz associated with these events, where people are encouraged to attend because everything for children is 'free' to help deprived neighbourhoods, when in fact somebody is paying for this and isn't free! The LibDems just won a City Council Ward up Headington - maybe now is the time for the new Councillor to start helping resolve all the issues raised and keep the promises made, instead of having yet another PR stunt to deflect public attention ftom election promises and real needs?[/p][/quote]Without knowing how much public money s being spent on this it is difficult to comment on whether it is money well spent but I would argue that community events like this can save as much as they cost. Building a community spirit has lot of benefits such as reduced crime and littering. Would be a boring world if we only spent money on essentials. alu355
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