A gorgeous sunny day out in Furzedown! As soon as Vince and the Never Wilbies started playing outside Sprout at 10.30 on Sunday morning I realised that music in the streets is all we need to complete the Furzedown dream. And people at Cut the Mustard seemed to like it with their coffee and croissants. We got the first view of Ken McCalla’s wonderful sculpted Sprout sign too.
Onward and down Ribblesdale and Welham with our banners and our staves we arrived at St.Pauls, to Ken’s beautiful acorn bench and the Wandle Delta String Band already playing. Some of the congregation came out of church and joined us. Jeni Walker sat calmly making staves (staffs?)and crowns because she had noticed that with a staff in hand anyone can become a Guardian of the Oak and have a sense of authority.
So people and children ran around to fiddle music with ribbons flying and a small boy from next door couldn’t believe his luck as he peeped first one eye then another through a hole in the fence. Very soon his whole head was leaning through and nodding along to the music.
The String Band played us up to the Furzedown Project and my Waterfall sculpture on the wall. When Kwyat Man and his friend got going the mood changed and they gave us some excellent Rapping. It was followed by Hip Hop from Juice Steps Dance students. Wow! They were amazing! Ali Juice is some teacher!!
We paraded down to St.Albans and found a giant picture of the Eardley School Matisse themed sculpture made by Dominique Grantham and Harriet Fredman. We were greeted by Swing Patrol with a wonderful demonstration of Lindy Hop style dancing from the 20’s and 30’s. Stunning! And more Hip Hop from JSD. Great!
Lastly we strolled off to the Community Garden in North Drive which in itself was an eye-opener to many. A secluded dream-place with bees buzzing, veggies growing and flowers greeting the sunshine. The Bean Dragon made by myself and 80 others still lives and should live there for many years to come. Remember the Big Day Out 2016? Dahomey Road street party and the Foodival the same year – yes you too probably chipped away then at the big piece of Oak and helped it on its way.
We learnt the Charleston then from Swing Patrol and jumped around to Nicola’s always brilliant Zumba. With Hilary Palmer and Kylie Minogue’s help we finished up singing and dancing to ‘Come on Furzedown Do the OaKomotion!'.
There was a fire, tended by Christopher Guest, and a workshop to decorate the new CARAS table for the Garden - with cool designs and words in many languages. Dipa served an exquisite combination of the best samosas ever thanks to Pooja in Tooting High Road, with herby iced cordial. And we all went home happy.
Oh goodness! A summer’s day to remember.
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