Now that summer’s coming to an end, it’s a good time to look back on events in Thornton. Despite the strange ‘summer’ weather, especially in the early months. the residents of Thornton ward did their fair share of partying and organising outdoor events. To kick off the fun, the inhabitants on Queensville Road braved the rain and the cold of Jubilee weekend for their street party. Chuka Umunna MP and local councillor Diana Morris were there to join in the fun. There were plenty of patriotic costumes and of course the obligatory egg and spoon race!
Next, in mid-June, came the Weir Community Day jointly organised ever so co-operatively by the Weir Estate Residents Association and the Weir Link. The weather was so blustery that the gazebos and banners nearly took off. But everything went swimmingly with the event supported by local contractors as well as lots of hardworking volunteers. The only thing to mar the day was the news that Clare Ballard- Yawson who has done so much good work to embed the Weir Link in the local community would be leaving at the end of the month. Everyone met again, to give her a good send off.
Next came St Bede’s summer fair – good food and games. Diana attended and had lots of the former and enjoyed watching the rest. By now we were deep into the fete season. The next week it was Glenbrook’s turn. Artistic cup cakes and lovely fresh flowers were too attractive for Lib and Diana to resist
Later that week, the party season moved on to Telferscot School. The rain kept away for most of the afternoon, and certainly wasn’t enough to put out the barbecue. Lots of cakes and jams produced by the parents were sold and there was a fantastic raffle at the end. Chuka turned up to draw the lucky tickets.
The same day saw the official opening of the Weir Community Garden. The beautiful garden had been so well tended that it didn’t really need the dousing that it got during the opening ceremony. But nothing could dampen the spirits of the proud residents including Dave and Brenda from WERA and the delighted visitors which included Chuka (again), Val Shawcross, our GLA Member, Steve Reed, leader of the Council and Lambeth’s Mayor, Clive Bennett. All the local councillors – Ed, Diana and Lib were there too.
The following week it was Henry Cavendish’s turn. Their summer fair goes from strength to strength with loads of attractions including the traditional carousel. Good food was to be had yet again – including some really good burgers. Diana and Lib, as former and current parents, are amazed that every year the fair seems to outdo the last.
The close of the school term did not bring festivities to a close. And the weather got a lot better. The Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens had a picnic in park on a blazingly hot day and a similarly summery day saw a Community Fun Day on the Clapham Park Estate in the middle of August. Local residents through the TRA, the Clapham Park Neighbourhood Forum. Metropolitan CP and Clapham Park Project Charity, local councillors and many volunteers came together to put on a good show with games, tents, a bouncy castle, a display of small animals by Vauxhall City Farm (they were at Glenbrook too), music from Generation Radio, dancing, drumming, a treasure hunt, fantastic food cooked by local resident Doris, a barbecue, tea and cakes provided by the Over 50’s, bike repairs, the Mayor, a raffle and many other attractions. Sunshine and good food on your doorstep – what more could you want? Cllr Diana Morris assisted members of the TRA, Clapham Park Project and Metropolitan Clapham Park to organise the event.
The summer of 2013 will have a lot to live up to!