Packed festival is ‘part of Broomhill’

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More than 50 events are lined up for an annual community celebration which has become an important part of the neighbourhood it serves.

Broomhill Festival includes an array of art, drama, food, history and music over 15 days this year, starting on Tuesday, June 7, and running until June 23.

This year’s is the 39th festival, and will raise money for four different charities in the area.

Alan Wellings, festival chairman, said: “The festival is certainly bigger this year than it has been for a while.

“We’ve had a lot of people coming forward with offers of events, wanting to do things, and we don’t like to turn anybody away!

“It is the 39th festival this time so it will be a challenge to celebrate the 40th next year.

“It really has become part of Broomhill now.

“In the weeks leading up to it we go around the area delivering programmes to shopkeepers and the response of people is always one of excitement that it is festival time again.”

The festival first took place in 1975.

Its aims are to bring local people together and also raise money for charities in the area.

This year the festival causes are Jubilee Food Bank, the Phoenix Association which provides help and support to people so they can stop being dependent on drink and drugs, short term accomodation provider StopGap Sheffield, and St Andrew’s Child Contact Centre.

A schools’ concert will feature pupils from Ashdell Prep, Broomhill Infants, Nether Green Infants, Nether Green Juniors, Westbourne School and Sheffield High School junior section.

Competitions in football and photography will take place - the latter in honour of David Stoker, who died from a brain tumour three years ago at the age of 30.

The University of Sheffield graduate was involved with the festival for several years.

Entries for the photo contest at St Mark’s Church must aim to capture the ‘spirit of Broomhill’.

The popular five-a-side football tournament on Sunday, June 9, has been extended to cover all age groups and teams can apply to take part until June 7.

Mr Wellings said his personal highlights included an antiques valuation day by Sheffield auctioneer Michael Dowse.

He added: “We were a bit worried that people might turn up with massive wardrobes for him to look at!

“But we are absolutely delighted he is coming along to the festival.

“Oughtibridge Brass Band have played for us before but it’s nice that they are opening the festival this year.

“There are also a lot of open gardens this year, which is wonderful.”

Festival tickets can be bought online at www.broomfestival.org.uk or from Broomhill shops Williamson’s Hardware and Oxfam.