Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Harold Hill Festival Online

The Harold Hill Festival currently has the following online presence:

Website www.haroldhillfestival.moonfruit.com

Blog www.haroldhillfestival.blogspot.com

Twitter www.twitter.com/haroldhillfesti

Facebook www.facebook.com/haroldhillfestival

Email haroldhillfestival@gmail.com

As the 2013 Harold Hill Festival gets closer more of you are now following us on Twitter (almost 200 followers) and Facebook (over 125 'Likes'). The blog is getting an increasing number of people reading it too. And the recently redesigned webpage has over 1000 views.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Meet the Partners: Friends of Dagnam Park

Friends of Dagnam Park support the Harold Hill Festival through being part of the committee organising the event, volunteering on the day, taking photographs of the event and this year will be exhibiting images of Harold Hill through the years.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Good news from Harold Hill Festival partner Drapers Academy

The Romford Recorder reports that:

'Drapers’ Academy saw the borough’s biggest increase in good GCSE grades last year, and was among the country’s 20 fastest improving schools, figures released today show.'

For the full article see http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/gcse_league_tables_tears_for_some_but_drapers_academy_harold_hill_is_uk_s_18th_fastest_improver_1_1806067

Congratulations to the school who is a Harold Hill Festival Partner and the pupils on their hard work.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Be a part of it!

The Harold Hill Festival are always open to new people joining the Festival Committee. In
addition we always welcome people who want to do a stall or activity along to our monthly
meetings. The dates, times and venue for our meetings is below. We do ask that you email
us first if you can so that we know numbers and can set up the meeting area appropriately.
Our email address is haroldhillfestival@gmail.com

Dates of Next meetings :

Tuesday’s  6.30pm to 8.30pm St Georges Community Centre ( Partners meetings are same
location but from 4 to 6pm)

5th Feb 2013 – Committee
5th Mar 2013 – Committee
9th Apr 2013 - Committee and Partners
7th May 2013 – Committee  (TBC)
4th June 2013 – Committee
18th June 2013 - Committee and Partners
2th July 2013 – Committee
6th July 2013 -  Saturday Festival day at Central Park

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Monday, 14 January 2013

Meet the Partners - myplace

The myplace youth team are one of the Festival Partners so we look at their centre as the first of a series of blogposts featuring the organisations working with us.

The new myplace centre is a development that Harold Hill can be proud of. The building focusses on providing an environment that promotes inclusion and help young people achieve a brighter future as being a great community and culture facility in Harold Hill.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Harold Hill Festival Needs You! - Volunteers Wanted

The Harold Hill Festival is appealing for volunteers to help with planning and support for the Harold Hill Festival 2013.

We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated people from the local area to help us fulfil the following roles at the next festival:

Event stewards
Flyer distributors
Car park marshalls
Food stall volunteers
Wristband/programme sales
Festival committee members

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and support new projects within your local community.

If you are interested you can sign-up via our website at www.haroldhillfestival.moonfruit.com

To find out more about how many volunteers it takes to put the festival on see our previous blog post

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Partners Meeting progress update

Last night the Festival Committee held the quarterly partners meeting. We had a good turnout including representatives from the Council's Parks Service, the myplace Youth team, Drapers Academy and our provider for our inflatables.

The meeting managed to make progress on how we can ensure the park is in the best condition possible, how we can best link in what happens in the myplace centre to the event, how we can more closely with Drapers Academy who sponsor the stage at the event and ensuring the inflatables are well managed on the day.

The event bookings are starting to be made now with the toilets now booked, enquiries coming in for stall bookings and local talent asking about performing on the stage. We're also really pleased to see a number of enquiries from people asking to volunteer on the day.

From now onwards we'll be starting to increase our marketing with posters going up, Harry the Squirrel (our mascot) visiting schools and we'll begin to make more announcements about what will happen on the day.

If you want to get involved in the Harold Hill Festival you can now let us know on haroldhillfestival@gmail.com

Friday, 4 January 2013

How many people and volunteer hours to run the festival ?

The number of volunteers involved on the day was 43.

On the day of the festival Committee members were on site from 6am to 8.30pm. The peak time for volunteers was during the festival itself from 12 midday to 5pm.

The total recorded volunteering hours from the community based volunteers supporting the festival is 541 hours.

Every volunteer who takes part and supports the event receives training prior to the day, is acknowledged by a certificate and many return to take part in subsequent festivals.

If you would like to sign-up to become an event volunteer you can do so at www.haroldhillfestival.moonfruit.com

We would like to acknowledge to support we have received from HAVCO's Volunteer Centre Havering who have helped us to recruit and support our volunteers.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone has enjoyed 2012 and is now looking forward to 2013. The Harold Hill Festival Committee would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

If you're making a New Years resolution why not consider getting involved in the Harold Hill Festival as a partner, stallholder or volunteer. See www.haroldhillfestival.moonfruit.com for more information.