So, firstly we must talk about the fact that there was no rain! Yes, that’s right – Chislehurst Rocks was rain-free all day!!! After the deluge at the 2015 event, this is a magnificent achievement by the organising committee from the Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground (FOCRG). Such amazing organisational skills!
It was a little cloudy but we got the best of it considering the weather we’ve been having the last few weeks. And it was great to see the local community come out in huge numbers to enjoy this free, annual event.
The Rec was full to the brim with food stalls, bars from the Queens Head and Purple Fizz, fairground rides, trampolines, Rodeo Bull, photo booths, magicians, workshops and even my fave – Apple Bobbing!
Whether you were enjoying a children’s workshop from Quick-Steps Dance School or a training session from life:lab there really was something for everyone. Neil Edwards from Elegant Magic also entertained guests with his trickery!
And the line-up on stage was an eclectic mix of music and performance including performances from local band The Dirty Perks, George Manning, Nix Nugent, The Drunkards, Silent Crowd, Bouncer, Secret Sailing Club and Stone Blind. Plus also great performances Coopers School Steel Band and from Chislehurst Business Group members – Popchoir and All the Arts Theatre School. We didn’t catch all the performances but highlights for Visit Chislehurst included Popchoir and Stone Blind who sent out the evening in style with their rocky performance! Chislehurst really did rock it!
This whole event was made possible by the efforts of a group of volunteers from the FOCRG who work tirelessly to make this event happen. Special credit must also go to Rachelle Harte of Lollipop Events who provided the overall event management for this event. Finally, the organising committee are keen to thank Mirakle Productions and the Urban Snapper.
To fund this FREE event for Chislehurst, the volunteers also work hard to source funds from both national organisations but also local businesses. Funding this year has come from The Lottery, Chislehurst Society, jdm Estate Agents and Countach Automotive to name just a few. Nugget Design helped with the Event branding as well as all the publicity materials and Alan de Maid who sponsored the Soft Play area. They also rely on the 100 Club who are either local businesses or individuals who give £100 each to help to keep this event free of charge for the local community. In kind support also came from The Queens Head, Shaon Restaurant and Robert Piwko Photography.
Huge congratulations must go to the tireless individuals who work on this event to make it happen. It would be unfair to list them all individually as no doubt we would miss someone but Chislehurst thanks you for all that you do. If it were not for the generosity of these amazing individuals, Chislehurst would be a lesser place.
Written by Tamsyn Clark
Photographs by Robert Piwko