18 Jul 2017
A fantastic hot sunny day was the backdrop for Manor Gardens Welfare Trust’s Summer Wellbeing Festival on Saturday 8th July. Live music, taster sessions, hot food, afternoon tea and over 50 stalls were just some of the highlights of the afternoon which took place in our street, Manor Gardens, London N7 6LA.
‘We managed to bring together a great deal of talent and information for the day,’ says event organiser Felicity Ford, Director of Fundraising at Manor Gardens. ‘We were delighted that the Finsbury Park Pearly King, Prince and Princess graced us with their presence, as well as all our ward Councillors and the Mayor. The Whittington Park Steel Band and South American Band Lokandes entertained visitors throughout the afternoon and helped to contribute to a mellow and pleasant atmosphere.’
Arsenal in the Community also supported the Festival by providing a Penalty Shoot-out and the Arsenal Mascot, who hugged young and old alike.
‘A big attraction of the Festival was the Go-kart building and Junk modelling,’ says Felicity. ‘It’s a chance for children of all ages to use exciting tools and make a mess! For the younger ones there was storytelling and drama in our Preschool and kids sports. And our staff generously baked loads of cakes for our Afternoon Tea Tent, to raise money to support our services.’
Over 900 people attended the Festival throughout the course of the afternoon and also had the opportunitiy to take part in events in the Royal Northern Gardens next door. The aim is to raise awareness of the work of Manor Gardens Welfare Trust supporting the most vulnerable people in Islington, which we’ve been doing since 1913.
Manor Gardens is grateful for some financial assistance towards this event from Awards for All and Arsenal in the Community.