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Woodford Festival: Nine-day celebration across Woodford Green and South Woodford kicks off with a bang

PUBLISHED: 10:59 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 08 October 2018

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.
Left to right: Woodford Festival Committee Member Peter Spencer, Woodford Festival Chairman Geoff Seeff, Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur Thiara and Woodford Festival Committee Member Deana Seeff.Photo: Melissa Page

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Woodford Festival Committee Member Peter Spencer, Woodford Festival Chairman Geoff Seeff, Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur Thiara and Woodford Festival Committee Member Deana Seeff.Photo: Melissa Page

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The Woodford Festival made a triumphant return to Redbridge this weekend, with attendees happy to brave Saturday’s rain to come out in numbers.

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.
Sisters Talya (left) 11 and Sukhi (right) 11 enjoying the arts and crafts making autumnal hedgehogs.Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Sisters Talya (left) 11 and Sukhi (right) 11 enjoying the arts and crafts making autumnal hedgehogs.Photo: Melissa Page

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Judith Elias and her jewellery stall, with shoppers mum and daughter Tamara Sturges and Lara Sturges 14.
Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Judith Elias and her jewellery stall, with shoppers mum and daughter Tamara Sturges and Lara Sturges 14. Photo: Melissa Page

With numerous local artists, performers and groups participating, the nine-day festival programme contains over 100 events spread over more than 35 venues

are Woodford Green and South Woodford, including places of worship, halls, sports clubs, public houses, restaurants, and private houses.

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Lubna Ul-Hasan 
(centre) with her grandaughter Laila Irvine 8 and a half (left) and Lubna’s daughter Meena Chohan-Irvine, at her stall Handmade by Lubna.Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Lubna Ul-Hasan (centre) with her grandaughter Laila Irvine 8 and a half (left) and Lubna’s daughter Meena Chohan-Irvine, at her stall Handmade by Lubna.Photo: Melissa Page

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. The Woodford Singers performing.
Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. The Woodford Singers performing. Photo: Melissa Page

Geoff Seef, chairman of the Woodford Festival Association, told the Recorder that despite the constant downpours on Saturday, festival-goers were in good spirits throughout the weekend.

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.Photo: Melissa Page

He said: “The opening ceremony at St Mary’s, which the mayor of Redbridge attended, was brilliant, and the arts and crafts afternoon at Hawkey Hall went excellently well.

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Local hobby artist Alison Smith and Woodford Festival Committee Member Amanda Whittle looking at the Art Gemini Prize stall with Founder & Director Jimmy S.S. Lek. 
Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Local hobby artist Alison Smith and Woodford Festival Committee Member Amanda Whittle looking at the Art Gemini Prize stall with Founder & Director Jimmy S.S. Lek. Photo: Melissa Page

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.Photo: Melissa Page

“By the evening we had about 100 people in the hall and they all had a good time.”

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. The Kinovan showing films.
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 Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. The Kinovan showing films. . Photo: Melissa Page

The celebrations continued on Sunday with an orchestral performance in Derby Road and a jazz event at a “packed out” Belgique.

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Judith Elias and her jewellery stall, with shoppers mum and daughter Tamara Sturges and Lara Sturges 14.
 Photo: Melissa PageWoodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG. Left to right: Judith Elias and her jewellery stall, with shoppers mum and daughter Tamara Sturges and Lara Sturges 14. Photo: Melissa Page

Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.Woodford Festival, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG.

Other highlights yet to come 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.)

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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