The Woodford Festival’s seventh successful year of promoting ‘local talent’

PUBLISHED: 13:59 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 10 October 2016

The Woodford Festival draws to a close with a musicathon at St Mary's church in South Woodford fronted by the Woodford Wheezeards

The Woodford Festival draws to a close with a musicathon at St Mary's church in South Woodford fronted by the Woodford Wheezeards


After nine days of music, dancing and more than 70 different events, the Woodford Festival closed with a gig and children’s fun day.

The musicathon rounded off a successful seventh annual celebration of community artists at St Mary’s Church, High Road, South Woodford, on Saturday.

Despite the autumn chill lots of families headed out to enjoy the festival’s final event, and watch The Woodford Wheezeards performing.

Anny Wortley-Millek, festival committee member, told the Recorder the week had gone “very well”.

She said: “The Mayor opened the festival, and we had more than 70 events in over 30 different locations.

“We have a lot of talented local people, a lot of artistic talent in Woodford Green and South Woodford.

“The idea of the festival is a celebration of local talent, and when we started seven years ago we had no idea there were so many people in the area with so much talent.

“We thought it would be great if we could bring all of that talent together.”

Anny and Geoff Seef, the saxophonist from the Woodford Wheezeards, organised the 2016 event.

The festival has grown year on year, with more than 10,000 residents visiting crafts markets, gigs and sing alongs at locations across Woodford Green and South Woodford.

Anny, who attended almost every event at the festival, said she particularly enjoyed the church service, at Holy Trinity Church, in Hermon hill, South Woodford where owners are allowed to bring their pets.

“All the pets just started barking at each other,” she explained.

“Another really nice event, which sticks out was on Wednesday, the Sound of Music sing along.”

“That was really fantastic,” she added.

Other popular events included Woodford Fire Station’s open day, on Saturday, where children got the chance to meet their heroes and try out fire hoses.

The Wanstead Rock Choir performed at various locations throughout the festival, to the delight of excited audiences.

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