Monday, 29 October 2012

Our Mark Delivers A Right Royal Dish

Committee member and local community chef Mark Borrell had the honour of being invited to cook a dish for the Queen's lunch at Drapers' Academy last Friday.

Mark who is involved in our Harold Hill Festival and runs a cookery club at Broadford Primary School was delighted to be invited by Drapers' Academy to cook for the Queen. Along with his twin brother David and half a dozen local chefs (including 3 students from Havering College) he prepared the food for Her Majesty.

Mark said of being asked to cook for the Queen that 'it was perhaps one of the challenging things I had done, well worth every single minute and long hours though'

The menu was:

Starters: Hamhock terrine with baby plum tomatoes and relish and basil dressing.

Main course: Cannon of lamb served with dauphinoise potatoes and buttered spinach and beetroot puree.

Dessert: Roasted rhubarb and ginger crème brûlée with tuile biscuit.

Credit should be given to everyone who helped out on the day who helped serve up the food and helped to make it such a memorable lunchtime. 

250 days to go!

There are now just 250 days to go to the Harold Hill Festival 2013.

Our website has a continuous countdown clock which you can find at

And all the latest news on the Festival will be found here at

Friday, 26 October 2012

Did you see the Queen?

With the Queen's visit to Drapers Academy earlier we want to know if you met her? Did you get to speak to her? If so please leave your comments below.

If you got a photo of her then please share with us on Facebook where you can find our 'Harold Hill Festival' page.

It was fantastic to have her here in Harold Hill and I think it's fair to say given us the chance to show her our pride in our area.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Planning for 2013 Festival

As the Harold Hill Festival Committee we are planning hard for the 2013 Festival now.

The event will be Saturday 6 July 12-5 at Central Park.

We are learning from your feedback from this year's festival. We are getting ahead of the game in getting as much booked in as early as possible and it is fantastic that requests for stalls are coming through already.

We are looking at what attractions and activities we have on site given our learning from the event in July.

We've created a new website too which looks fabulous and introduced a suite of social media tools including this blog.

And we are working on getting in place the partners, the funding and the volunteers to make 2013 one of the best festivals so far.

Our committee are now building momentum so now is the time to get involved. To find out more visit our new website at or email us at

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Do you like our new website?

The Harold Hill Festival has a new website. It can now be found at

It has been given a complete makeover by Craig and I think it's fair to say it is an improvement on the old one.

It would be great to have your feedback though to ensure it can be as good as it can be. To let us know what you think please email us on or leave your comments below.

And please do link to us from your blog, website or Facebook page.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

FREE Love Food Hate Waste Cookery Workshop

Free local event in Harold Hill:

Learn how to save money and reduce the amount of food you throw away with professional chefs! Now includes ice cream making! These are open to anyone living in Havering. Booking is essential. Call 01708 432563 or email to book on.

2 seperate sessions: 23 October 2012, 6 November 2012
17:30 until 20:00

Hitchin Close, Harold Hill

FREE (booking essential)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Gooshays Community First Programme Now Open

The Harold Hill Ambitions second round of the Gooshays Community First Programme is now open.
With funding of up to £2500 available for projects located in the Gooshays ward of Harold Hill, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups that want to run community activities in the area.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Queen keen on visiting Harold Hill

Delighted to read in the Romford Recorder that the Queen is keen to visit Harold Hill. I hope she'll be inspired by the new Drapers Academy building, the local community and how we work together to give our children a better future. For the online version of the article see

Harold Hill Light Switch-On - Thursday 6 December

The Harold Hill Light Switch-On will this year be held on Thursday 6 December from 4-6pm. It will be full of fun, carol singing and the all important light switch-on will be at 5pm. Watch out for further information at and we will do our best to keep you updated on this blog too.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Community Chest Funding Now Available

If you are involved with a local community group then we thought this news would be of interest:

Community Chest Opens

Apply now for the latest round of Community Chest grants - applications can be accepted from Monday 1st October.  

Past successes include grants for sports equipment, language lessons, musical instruments and improvements to outside spaces.

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 and should read the standard conditions below before submitting their application.

The closing date is Friday 26th October 2012   

Central Park Consultation Extended

The consultation on Central Park, Harold Hill has been extended to Monday 22 October. To find out how to take part please see

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

It's not too soon to book!

The Harold Hill Festival is now taking bookings from stall holders and refreshments vendors at or email

Get your pitch booked and lets make next years festival will be the best ever!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

What are your favourite Harold Hill festival memories?

The Harold Hill Festival has been running for a few years now and we'd like to hear what your favourite memories are.

Have you performed on stage or enjoyed a particular performance in the past?

What activities have you enjoyed most?

And are there are any rides or attractions that have encouraged you to come along?

Please leave us your comments below and let us know what your best moments have been.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Like 'Harold Hill Festival' page on Facebook

For those of you who are on Facebook you can 'Like' our Community Page on there. Search for 'Harold Hill Festival' and we will come up. Click into our page, click the 'Like' button and you'll be kept up-to-date with all the news as we build up towards the 2013 Festival.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Monday, 1 October 2012