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West Norwood Feast community festival

On the first Sunday of the month, West Norwood is transformed into the mini festival that is FEAST. This June, the sun was shining, the temperature was rising and the hats and shades were on. The gardens in front of St Luke’s Church became an impromptu picnic spot with locals and their friends spread out on the grass. The street food stalls were doing a roaring trade and sangria from the bar was flowing. Music from DJs, local bands and even a belly dancing group filled the air.

Among all this buzzing atmosphere PRIME was launching it’s summer programme of local activities and events. As a local, social enterprise we were hosting the community stall, positioned next to Feast HQ and the bar. Despite the odd gust of wind that sent the leaflets flying and the gazebo rocking, we had a great day. Lots of locals stopped

by to see what was on offer and chat about the new initiative. The feedback was really positive and confirmed the need to offer a local club for men in their prime.

On the day more than 40 guys signed up on the website adding their emails for alerts and some took advantage of the summer special membership discount. The price of just £10 for 3 months June-August including a free premium activity was seen as great value. A tenner for the chance to tell your workmates and family that you are part of an exciting new social club seemed like a good deal. Some of the blokes were keen on trying out the Herne Hill Velodrome track, others loved the idea of a woodcraft workshop at South London Makerspace or getting on the decks at the Book and Record Bar vinyl night.

Both men and women recognised the benefits of guys having a social group where they can meet up on a regular basis and let off steam from the working week. Added to this was the opportunity to try new things and keep life fresh. Partners were keen that their husbands and boyfriends get active and be social. Life is too short to just sit in front of the TV and wait for something to happen. You need to get out there and get involved with the community.

The West Norwood Feast is a great example of how a group of volunteers can positively influence a local area bringing a people powered street festival to five hubs in the neighbourhood. We think PRIME can do the same for the men of the area. See our events for what’s going on and take the first step by signing up to be a PRIME member.

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