Stuff of Life Festival

10 October 12 words: James Walker
Enjoy free music, loads of food, and arty farty shenanigans in NG7 from 12 - 6pm, Sat 13 October.
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Bands will be playing throughout the day

Saturday 13 October sees the fifth anniversary of the Stuff of Life Festival, organised by the Sherwood Rise Residents' Association (SRRA). For six hours, the roads surrounding Hedley Park will be closed off from cars as the arty farty locals go bunting mad and attempt to bring a little culture to the surrounding area. And best of all, it’s all completely free. 

So what’s it all about? ‘It originated from the common theme of bread.  Sherwood Rise used to boast four bakeries until well into living memory, hence the festival’s title ‘stuff of life’, meaning ‘bread’’ said Lucy Greaves, one of the organisers. ‘For over a century the residents of Hedley Street and Hedley Villas enjoyed pyclets and oatcakes, freely distributed from Leigh’s pyclet bakery, at the end of each week.’

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'Bread. Keep it in the family...'

To celebrate this there’ll be loads of stalls flogging homemade crafts so expect a wide range of softly furnished paraphernalia, the kind of cute little accessories that you never thought you needed until you saw them. The railings around the park will be stripped of old shoes and lost jumpers and replaced with art, which can be admired while listening to the various story telling activities planned for the day.

This is a child friendly event, so if you want to dump the kids for a bit there’ll be loads of entertainment running throughout the day, keeping them amused while you enjoy the Flour Power living sculpture procession. If you want to join in this, all you have to do is wear something white. So dig out those Saturday Night Fever flares that Roxy Rob knocked out for you back in the day or just keep your office shirt on. Having witnessed a Samba band rehearse in a resident’s living room, this is a procession not to be missed.

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The future's bright, the future's...

There’s plenty of music running throughout the day with A52s, Malindy, Dohl Drummers, Mad Dogs and English, Steve Bliss and his one man band Chand and Party, Garrison, the Gorgeous Chans and The Rise Singers to keep you suitably entertained. And you don’t even need to worry about bringing any snap as Notts Underground Restaurant, SRRA Cafe and Veggies will be serving up an eclectic mix of delights. 

The event has taken about six months to organise and has relied on good will and sponsors from local companies. So next time Cameron harps on about the Big Society, tell him it’s already happening down in NG7. Talking of which, if you like what you see and want to help out next year, make sure you sign up for the SRRA mailing list which will be available on the day. Who needs the goose fair, eh?

Saturday 13 October. 12 - 6 pm, Hedley Street, NG7

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