Kingsdown Homegrown Festival – Saturday September 22nd – Programme

Here it is – the full programme.
9.30 am Doors of St Matthews’ Church open to receive entries for the competitions. Get your minature gardens and your Victoria sponges ready.
12 am Judging begins. No more entries accepted.
1.45 pm Bell Ringing practise and demo.
2 pm Start of Fancy Dress Parade
Old and young, meet by 1.45 dressed in your ‘Garden’ themed outfits or Fantastic Fancy Hats at the junction of St Matthews Road and Clevedon Terrace. Here The Ambling Band will be waiting to lead us merrily down St Matthews Road.

On St Matthews’ South Side
The Ambling Band continues amongst the many and various Display Stands, Foodie Stalls and Sideshows.
3 pm Local Band Better Than Sax will be playing. They are the winners of the 2007 Unsigned Song Contest and are due to receive recording weekends in Bath and London.
4 pm Another Young Band The Cut Outs will join in and entertain us with their mixture of experimental and versatile music making.

In the North Corner
All afternoon. On the forecourt will be our Cupboard Clearout Sale, with Teas served in the Really Posh Tea Garden with music at –
4.30 by Lu – Ami, a Jazz/Soul Singer, accompanied by her guitarist
5 pm There will be a Community Busk led by Vic Love. So collect your musical instruments and everyone join in.

Inside the Church Hall
Our wonderful display of Garden Produce, Cookery and the Craft Competitions will be on show with comments by our judges and awards for each of the categories.
There will also be an Exhibition ‘Here We Are – Photographing Kingsdown’ A joint show of a selection of photographs from the Kingsdown 250 Exhibition of 1987 and new, present day work

Evening Party
8 pm – 11 pm Doors open. Ticket price includes a delicious stuffed pitta with barbequed lamb and various salads. The entertainment includes Gypsy Kiss a local Ceilidh Band. Prices £5 adults, £3 under 11’s. There will be a licensed bar.
Tickets available on the door to door sale or from the Church Office between 9 – 12 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. on the week before the festival. Tel. 9441598

The Great Cupboard Clearout There will be trestles or space to rent for £10 on the forecourt of St Matthews’. Share one with a friend and get rid of your summer junk or unblock your attics and cupboards. If you can bring your own table that is even better. Ring Helen on 9422922 to book a space.

The Really Posh Tea Garden
Throughout the afternoon the marquee in front of the church will serve a choice of Full and Proper English Teas of sandwiches and scones and cakes with lashings of tea. So sit down and relax with waitress service.

And…… to further tempt you, there will also be opportunities to sample exotic teas, wines or chocolate…..or try the best of Indian foods.

Games and Sideshows –
for all Ages!
Sticky fingered fun for the very littlest with Fairy Cakes to decorate and juicy Fruit Kebabs to make…..and more besides. If you are older then there is a Silly Bikes Course to manoeuvre or a Human Fruit Machine to out guess – amongst many other fun events.

Stalls and Displays to show off your creativity with local Handicrafts to admire and some to buy. Toys and T-shirts; collectibles and jewellery. Sign up for your nearest fruit and veg. box scheme with fresh local produce to buy


Plants from your garden. Please dig up and divide surplus or unwanted plants for our Plant Stall. Also any extra bunches of flowers or herbs or excess fruit not in the competition can be left (with a plant label) the week of the Festival at the gate end of 69 Kingsdown Parade – or brought to the stall on the morning of the 22nd.

Cakes large or small, for the Cake Stall – if you haven’t entered them all in the competitions. Please bring them to the stall on the day.

Furniture Do you have any for loan on the day? We need trestle tables and garden benches. We can arrange to pick up in the morning and deliver safely back after 6pm

Books Bring your old books along and refresh your library. Books can be left in boxes in the shed at the bottom of 73 Kingsdown Parade, before the Festival.

Help on the day -to share the running of stalls and sideshows and move furniture and put up banners and marquees. Contact Helen to offer help. 9422922

If you have a other fun ideas for a sideshow or if you have a local business and would like to have a stall or showcase for your work at the Kingsdown Homegrown Festival or if you have anything on our Wanted List then contact
Helen on 9422922

Any surplus money made from the day’s events will be donated to The Joliba Trust, a charity working for sustainable development and environmental work in Mali and alleviating the effects of global warming by tree planting.

Join in the Competitions!!

You don’t have to be greatly green fingered or a fantastic cook or an amazing artist to find a category to exhibit and join in the fun. Have a go! Come and see what your neighbours have tried. Please bring your entry to St Matthews’ between 9.30 and 12 am on Saturday 22nd.

Gardening Section
The best basket or container of Homegrown Produce.
A display of a variety of produce from your garden or allotment – the best of our locally grown fruit, nuts, vegetables and edible flowers, attractively presented.

The best container of herbs
Everyone has some of these on their doorstep or in their window box. Exotic or Simple. Useful and Pretty.

The tallest sunflower
Obvious really, but we want to see and measure the sunflower in the Hall. If it hasn’t a great height the judges could be impressed by the largest head.

The best bowl of Homegrown Tomatoes
Everyone grows these but it’s been a bad year for ripening, so quality and variety and scent will be very important to the judges.

8 Perfect Homegrown Beans
Show off your French Beans; Runner Beans; Broad Beans; Borlotti Beans or a mixture of all.

The best Pumpkin or Squash
It could be the biggest or heaviest or the most colourful or most attractive or the most unusual but will it be The Best.

A Glorious Bunch of Garden Flowers
Late summer flowers and early autumn foliage will make a wonderful informal display. The vase or container should suit the posy.

Craft Section
The cosiest Tea Cosy or Baby’s Hat
Similar in size and shape, both can be very imaginative. Get stitching and knitting
The most imaginative egg cosy
You don’t have to use needles or thread. Any material; any shape; the more wacky the better

A Vegetable Monster
Amalgamate any fruit or vegetable in a weird and wonderful way.

A Perfect Minature Garden
Set in any container – but no bigger than a seed tray or 300 x 400mm. If you never made one as a child – now is your chance!

Kingsdown Photograph
A modern take on Kingsdown to sit alongside those of 1980’s and before. Mount your entry on A4 card for easy presentation

Cookery Section
The most Fantastic Celebration Cake
Any type of cake but presentation and display is all important.

The Perfect Victoria Sponge Cake
The traditional 8 jam sponge cake. Say no more.

The best use of Chocolate
Sweet or savoury? Stretch your imagination. How good can it be?

The most Wholesome Loaf of Bread
Try out a new combination of ingredients or a new shape. Aroma, texture and taste will be crucial.

The best use of Surplus Produce
Excess apples or courgettes? Sweet or savoury. Pie or Flan. Please label with the surplus ingredient

Best jar of Jam
Locally grown fruits and a well presented jar

Best jar of Chutney or Pickles
Any fruit or vegetable. Spicy aromatic or spicy hot. The jar must look as good as it tastes

Please let us know if you wish us to sell these entries at the end of the day.


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