Festival helps spirit grow in community

Crosspool Festival Street Market: Dancers from the June D Gill School of Dance
Crosspool Festival Street Market: Dancers from the June D Gill School of Dance
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Residents in Crosspool will celebrate the end of their annual festival with a huge summer fair this weekend.

The Crosspool Festival, which has been made up of dozens of events throughout the week, is currently at the midway point and reaches its conclusion on Saturday on Coldwell Lane sports field.

The festival, now in its third year, has been organised by Crosspool Forum to build community cohesion and spirit – and raise funds for several charities.

At last Sunday’s street market on Selbourne Road, the festival was paid a surprise visit by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Ian Hague, Crosspool Forum chairman, said: “He phoned to ask if it was alright for him to come along with his family and I said it was.

“We’ve had all sorts of different things going on this week and it is all about bringing people together.

“People ending up chatting to people at some of the events who they haven’t seen for a long time and that helps build community spirit.

“The festival is an extension of what the Forum does all year. We ask the churches and groups to pull all their events into one week. It has gone really well so far and we’re looking forward to the summer fair on Saturday.”

Upcoming Festival Highlights

Thursday, July 4:

- Storytelling for children aged four to 10, Lounge@Crosspool, 4pm

Friday, July 5:

- Gardeners’ Question Time with expert Richard Jackson, Valleyside Garden Centre, 1.30pm

Saturday, July 6:

- Crosspool Summer Fayre, Coldwell Lane sports field, 2pm

Sunday, July 7:

- Picnic in the Park to mark the closing of the festival, Lydgate Green, 12.30pm