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Woodford Festival returns with poetry, live music, dancing and theatre on every corner!

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 October 2018

The Woodford Festival draws to a close in 2016.

The Woodford Festival draws to a close in 2016.

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The Woodford Festival starts at the weekend with more than 100 live performances of art, music, theatre and poetry.

The Woodford Festival draws to a close in 2016.The Woodford Festival draws to a close in 2016.

Hundreds of performers will take over the streets of Woodford as the community festival returns with poetry, live music, dancing and theatre on every corner.

From October 6-14, the Woodford Festival, which is in its eighth year, will see venues across the greater Woodford area transformed into culture hotspots.

With numerous local artists, performers and groups participating, the nine day festival programme contains over 100 events spread over more than 35 venues including churches and other places of worship, halls, sports clubs, public houses, restaurants, and private houses.

Geoff Seeff, Chairman of the Woodford Festival Association is looking forward to the festival, and is hoping that this year it is better than ever.

Singer Maggie Ronson  brings the Woodford Festival to a close in 2016.Singer Maggie Ronson brings the Woodford Festival to a close in 2016.

The festival is organised by volunteers and is all about celebrating the community, said Geoff.

He said: “It is a lot of hard work and a lot of effort goes into organising the festival but it is certainly worth it.

“We’ve got a lot of different performances taking place, with everything from a big jazz band to art trails and a beer festival.

“We’ve got something for everyone and it is a great way to celebrate all the talents of everyone in our community.”

The Woodford Wheezeards performing at the festival in 2016.The Woodford Wheezeards performing at the festival in 2016.

He said he is expecting between 10,000-15,000 people to visit the festival and said that some of the highlights could include a Mamma Mia singalong show (Derby Road Methodist Church, Derby Road, South Woodford, Wednesday October 10, 7.30pm-9.30pm) and a performance of the wit, wisdom and music of Gilbert and Sullivan from the Chapel End Savoy Players (Wednesday, October 10, Salway Evangelical Church, Forest Approach, Woodford Green, 8pm-10.30pm.)

The festival will launch at 11am on Saturday (October 6) at St Mary’s Church in High Road, South Woodford, with an opening ceremony attended by the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara.

The ceremony will be followed by a short festive organ recital by St. Mary’s Director of Music, Allan Clay.

Other festival highlights include a 1929 vintage Copped Hall Rolls Royce that will be on show outside the Hawkey Hall, a Rock choir directed by Christina Clark who will be performing a selection of contemporary popular music at George Lane, and a Strictly Come Dancing fitness session.

Rev Ian Tarrant enjoys tea and cakes with parishoners at the festival in 2016.Rev Ian Tarrant enjoys tea and cakes with parishoners at the festival in 2016.

Among other events there will also be a week long beer and ale festival, an arts trail, pub quiz night and an open day at Woodford Fire Station.

To view the full programme and for more information, visit woodfordfestival.org.uk.

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