The sun shines for Heathfest as crowds flock to join in the fun

Published on: 03 Aug 2013

LAST year’s Heathfest may have been cancelled due to inclement weather but here are some of the scenes which proved this year’s event more than made up for it.

The sunshine brought crowds flocking to Bromley Heath playing fields with people of all ages determined to have fun.

Performers included the 37th Kingswood Marching Band, Christchurch Infant School choir, Bromley Heath United FC, hip hop dance group RedX Dance, Disco Divas and Dinky Divas dance troupe and local four-piece rock pop band September Falls.

Further attractions included bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, jewellery stalls, a crime scene van, farmers market, bar and barbecue.

Proving a big hit with youngsters was Heathfest’s mascot Bromley Bear who was sponsored by MS2 Stores on Quakers Road. Further festival sponsors included M Coleman estate agents and Mama Bear’s Day Nursery.

The annual event – known fully as Bromley Heath Community Festival - is organised by a voluntary committee of residents and attracts hundreds of visitors.

Last year a rainy June left Bromley Heath playing fields water logged and inaccessible leading to organisers calling off the festival.

Benefiting from this year’s festival was charity Survive, which gives support to women and children who experience domestic violence and abuse.

Festival co-chair and production manager, Angela Athay-Hunt, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. It was a real success and obviously the weather really contributed.

“It was 10-months in the planning from a team of community volunteers and the day exceeded any expectations that we could have possibly had after the disappointment of last year when we had to cancel it due to rain.

“We reached an even greater part of the community as we had things for babies right up to the more senior members of the community. We’ve had really fantastic feedback from people about all the new things we put in place this year like the farmers’ market and attractions for teenagers and we’re hoping to expand and build on those next year.”

The committee will meet  in September to start the ball rolling for Heathfest 2014, which will take place on Saturday July 2.

If you would like to help get involved in the planning of next year’s festival or would like to volunteer on the day, please email heathfest@gmail.com or contact organisers via the festival’s Facebook page.

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