Friday, 1 July 2011

Save St Helen’s Gardens (W10)

We had a fantastic time on Saturday at St Helen’s Festival! Wedge and the local community came together and organised a wonderful, fun-filled day. We had stalls selling everything from cakes to bric-a-brac and activities such as hair braiding, origami and massage. Delicious food came courtesy of St Helens Food Store and the bakery. Pets in the City ran the dog show, which was brilliant and there were also games, pony rides, a fire engine…the list goes on. There was even a celebrity appearance from Ben Fogle, who is a nearby resident!

The community of St Helen’s are wonderful, and really care about their shops. As highlighted in this recent Evening Standard article, this parade of shops is under threat. Increased rents have forced many of the shops to close which is having an effect on the remaining ones. With less passing trade, these shops are suffering and many are worried the same ill fate will happen to them.

This is a shame, especially when the residents such as these are so keen to shop locally and give something back to their community. Our ‘Dream Corner’ on Saturday was hugely popular. Set up in an empty shop, previously Orlando Hamilton florists, we asked the residents to say what they would like the shop to be. Offerings flooded in with ideas ranging from a butcher, to a wine bar, a restaurant or even a pop up shop or gallery. These residents are desperate to see this parade of shops rejuvenated and so are we. Remember our motto: EVERY LITTLE SHOP HELPS.

Here are a few pictures of the festival!

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