Friday, 30 November 2012

Volunteer with us

The Harold Hill Festival Committee is always on the look out for people to volunteer with us. This could be being part of organising the event and attending monthly meetings to plan it or being part of the day itself.

The committee needs people who can give some of their time to coming up with ideas for the event, helping to book people to take part, organising how the event will work and promoting the festival. The planning meetings are on Tuesdays once a month at 6.30pm at St Georges Community Centre. The group are open to anyone who is interested but would be keen to hear from anyone who can help with our social media work and blog posts.

On the day we require volunteers to help with a wide range of tasks from being stewards (either looking after the crowds or the stallholders), litter picks and marshalling traffic. Pre-event training will be given so you won't thrown in the deep end.

One incentive to people to volunteer with us is that it does look good to potential employers on your CV.

If you are interested we will welcome you warmly and support you. To find out more please email us at 

The Harold Hill Festival 2013 is to be held on Saturday 6 July in Central Park from 12 midday till 5pm. To get more information on it see our website at

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Consultation sessions on changes to Briar Road Estate

The Harold Hill Festival likes residents to have their say on their local area.

Therefore we want to let you know the council is consulting on changes to the Briar Road Estate.

The council website says:

"A series of public consultation sessions on the proposals will take place on a number of dates and locations. Residents are encouraged to call in to a session to give feedback on the plans.
The consultation sessions will provide an opportunity for all residents to look in details at the proposals for new homes, news village square, parking and environmental improvements and also meet the project team."
The dates for the consultation sessions are this week and next. See more at

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Who are those figures by the bench in Central Park?

Ever walked through Central Park and wanted to know what the three figures are in the middle by the bench? Given it's the location of the Harold Hill Festival we thought it worth sharing the background to them.

If you looked closely you might have spotted by the plaque on the bench. If you haven't then the three figures are Henry VIII, Dick Bouchard and Harry Ecclestone.The reasoning behind these three figures can be found by downloading a leaflet at

The short reasons are as follows:

Henry VIII - said to have hunted in local area

Harry Eccleston - lived in Harold Hill and  designed first fully pictorial banknote in 1978

Dick Bouchard - founded Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps in 1957

The bench and plaques were commissioned by Sustrans due to the cycle path that runs through the park.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Festive Events

It's the time of year for Festive events and everyone wants to know what's on, when and where. We share your excitement and want to let you know what's on. The best place to find a comprehensive list of what's on is at the London Borough of Havering website at

As the Harold Hill Festival we always like to promote family or community events in the Harold Hill area. If you are holding a local event in Harold Hill to which the public is invited then please leave a comment below or email us at and we will feature it on this blog.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

We want your ideas for 2013

We are busily planning the festival for 2013 and would like to know what sort of things you would like to see at the festival? Let us have your ideas for activities, stalls, entertainment etc so we can make the next festival the best ever :)

Either comment below or email us at

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sports Day Comes to Harold Hill Festival

Hooray!!! We have just taken delivery of some of the equipment we need for the good old fashioned Sports Day we intend to run, sacks for a sack race, eggs and spoons, ties for three legged race, space hoppers, bean bags......... get practising, this is going to be fun fun fun!!! What do you think of the idea of a Sports Day at the festival?  Would you join in? Do you know someone else you can get to join in???

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Remembrance Sunday Service - Harold Hill

Harold Hill

The Harold Hill Memorial Service Parade will assemble out side of Saint George's Church Centre in Chippenham Road at 10.30am. At 10.45am the parade will march down Fareham Road to the Hilldene Avenue War Memorial, where there will be a short service, led by the vicar of Saint Georgry's Church.

Any further questions or for details of services elsewhere in Havering see the council website at

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Harold Hill Light Switch-On Details Confirmed

This year's 'Light Up Harold Hill' event organised by Harold Hill Ambitions now has a few more details confirmed. The event will start at 4pm, have the light switch-on at 5pm (by leader of the Council - Councillor Michael White) and close at 6pm. Santa will be present in his grotto in the area the bottom of Hilldene Avenue Shopping Centre. There will be carol singing with several schools involved. There will also be Christmas craft making activities taking place in the library.

All the latest details can be found on the Harold Hill Ambitions Community Programme website at

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Stallholder Bookings Form on Website

Our new website has a Stallholders Booking Form you can fill in and submit online to express an interest in taking part in the 2013 Harold Hill Festival.

This can be found at

Individual stalls, community groups, registered charities and non-profit businesses will all pay a £10 booking fee.

Any other organisation such as statutory organisation or profit making businesses should email us on if they are interested in being part of the event.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Free Swimming for Over 50s at Central Park Leisure Centre

Havering Council is working in conjunction with SLM to offer residents of Havering, that are over the age of 50, the chance to swim for free in off peak times at Central Park Leisure Centre.

For further information please see