Marvellous weather, delicious food, fantastic music, plenty of free entertainment for the children and a great feel-good atmosphere.
Street parties don’t get much better than this!
The sun shone all afternoon and early evening to greet the hundreds of Ashburnham Triangle Association (ATA) residents and their friends who flocked to the organisation’s main social event of the year on Saturday 8th September.
Royal Borough of Greenwich Mayor and West Ward Councillor David Grant, complete with mayoral chain of office, formally opened the street party in the presence of ATA chair Robin Stott.
David Grant was accompanied by his wife, the Lady Mayoress Ann Grant, and Greenwich West Ward councillor and local resident Maureen O’Mara (below left). In his opening address, the Mayor paid particular tribute to the community spirit developed in the Triangle by the residents’ association.
The development of strong community spirit, said Robin Stott, was a key objective of the residents’ association and a major driver of the annual street party and other ATA initiatives.
Robin added that the street party was also the launch pad for the latest ATA initiative – a residents’ discount card scheme. Holders of the card (every resident can obtain one by registering on the ATA website) can enjoy discounts at a variety of participating businesses in and around the Triangle.
With the party formally opened, the afternoon’s entertainment and socialising moved into top gear with residents and their children taking full advantage of the free entertainment.
Face painting proved as popular as ever with the children, while the huge bouncy castle was in full and energetic use from start to finish. Other entertainments for the children included juggling lessons, a diabolo demonstration, dance class and craft skills.
All this activity worked up an appetite for the barbeque food stall which was in constant demand from children and adults alike.
Plants, second-hand books and bric-a-brac stalls also lined Ashburnham Retreat, the Play Street venue for the annual street party. But the busiest was the raffle stall, where more than two dozen very desirable prizes donated by generous local businesses attracted hundreds of customers.
The musical programme included a delightful medley of tunes, both classical and popular, from Verity and Giles of the South Street Baptists Church on violin and harpsichord, Mark Langmead of Greenwich Guitars playing acoustic guitar and singing blues-influenced songs and the ever-impressive 7th Day Adventist Gospel Choir.
Headline band, little devils, rounded off a fantastic day with rousing rhythm and blues. A surprise bonus was the guest appearance on two numbers of eight-year-old electric rock guitar prodigy Lucy Gowen.
She brought the biggest applause of the day with her amazing solos on Chuck Berry’s rock classic Johnny B. Goode.
Surplus revenues from the street party help fund good causes in and around the Triangle, including support for the Ashburnham Grove hostel and tree and shrub planting. The association’s recently redesigned and relaunched website was also funded from street party proceeds.
These proceeds are boosted considerably every year thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals in donating raffle prizes. Our very grateful thanks to the following businesses and individuals.
Street Party Prize Donors and Prizes
Ashburnham Arms: Two cases of wine
Bert & Betty: Gift bag
Buenos Aires Cafe: Tea or coffee and cakes for two
Davy’s Wine Vaults: Meal for two with wine
Davy’s Wine Shop: Six bottles of wine
Drings: A Butcher’s Prize
Golden Chippy: Fish and chip supper for two
Greenwich Theatre: Two adult tickets plus a family ticket for the pantomine
Guy Awford restaurant upstairs at The Guildford Arms: Meal for two with wine
The Hill Restaurant: Meal for two with wine
Inside Restaurant: Meal for two with wine
Paddy Rodgers: Six bottles of wine
Picturehouse Cinema: Two complimentary tickets
Pure Gym: A month’s free membership and a free personal training session