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The green outside Hayesend House Tower on Blackshaw Road was ablaze with colour, music, song, dance and arts and craft activities to celebrate the return of Hazelfest - our annual mini green festival - after a gap of two years. As one of the closing events of #WAF2022, Hazelfest 2022 - our fourth - didn't disappoint. The green pulsated with dancers from Smallwood School, an acapella group from the Hestia Age Activity Centre and a drumming performance from Generate that no-one wanted to end. Over a dozen stalls kept all the children occupied, making junk kites, magic butterflies, CD portraits, weaving, crowns, painting a casket, painting a tree, planting a seed, splash painting an art installation, making wishes on our colourful wish trees, listening to our storyteller and having their faces painted as tigers and favourite superheroes. Summerstown Mission kept energy levels high with fabulous home-made cakes. Prizes were given and the Lucky Dip emptied and no-one went home empty-handed.

We welcomed Wandsworth's new Mayor, Jeremy Ambache, who spoke about the importance of community, several local Councillors, a wide range of local residents from all ages and ethnicities with their children and a good representation of local charities and community groups. Our thanks go to all the stallholders who gave their time freely for the afternoon, all our wonderful Scrapstore volunteers who helped make the day such a success and of course, all who came and enjoyed the afternoon. We will do it all again next summer!


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