Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Could your organisation donate a raffle prize to the Harold Hill Festival?

The Harold Hill Festival Committee are looking for companies and local organisations to donate raffle prizes for the big raffle on the day of the Harold Hill Festival. If you can do that or know a business that can then please let us know. All types of prizes are welcome whether food, drink, free entry to or hire of something, vouchers, services or anything else you can think of. Everyone that donates a raffle prize will be given the opportunity for an acknowledgement on the blog and/or website.

If you are interested then please send us an email on

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Why is Harold Hill called Harold Hill?

The Friends of Dagnam Park who are a partner in the Harold Hill Festival have a page dedicated to a history written about the Harold Hill area. It contains the following section on why Harold Hill is called Harold Hill:

'It became a favourite retreat for Edward the Confessor and, on his death, passed with the kingdom to King Harold, the place names Harold Hill and Harold Wood are derived from this connection, although there is no evidence that King Harold ever visited Havering-atte-Bower.'

To find out more about the History of Harold Hill and surrounding areas see

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Why does the Harold Hill Festival have a blog?

The Harold Hill Festival has a blog because the Festival Committee think it is important for them to keep local people informed about what is happening with the Harold Hill Festival and get involved.

Friday, 15 February 2013

FREE Love Food Hate Waste Cookery Workshops on Harold Hill

Learn how to save money and reduce the amount of food you throw away with professional chefs!

Booking essential.

Thursday 14 March 2013
14:00 until 16:30 and 17:00 until 19:30
Alex Moore da Luz
Harold Hill Library, Hilldene Avenue, RM3 8DJ

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Looking for Harold Hill Talent

The Harold Hill Festival is on the look out for local stage performers whether bands, dancers, singers or entertainers. We want as many local acts on stage as possible so if you are interested or know of someone we should approach then please do let us know. The festival is a showcase of all that great about Harold Hill and will be held in Central Park on Saturday 6 July 12-5pm.

The best way to let us know is by emailing us on or leaving a comment below.

Please do share this message through your social networks on Facebook or Twitter. We are on both on Facebook and Twitter

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Harold Hill Small Grants Programme Now Open

The sixth round of the Harold Hill Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.

Grants are available from £20 to £1000 for community groups who want to make a difference in Harold Hill.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th February at 5pm.

This scheme is run by Harold Hill Ambitions which is a partner in the festival. Remember if you are taking part in the Harold Hill Festival then this might be able  to help to fund your activity.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

150 days to the Harold Hill Festival!

There are now 150 days to go until the Harold Hill Festival 2013 on Saturday 6 July 12-5pm in Central Park, Harold Hill. The Committee are all systems go after our latest meeting last night with activities, stalls, food vans and stage acts in the process of being booked up for the day. If you want to be a part of it then visit our website or email us on

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @haroldhillfesti or on Facebook by giving the 'Harold Hill Festival' a 'Like'

Remember all the latest festival news can be found here at

Monday, 4 February 2013

News from Harold Hill Ambitions: Update on New Library and Broxhill Sports Park

The Harold Hill Ambitions programme is one of the partners of the Harold Hill Festival.

On Friday there was an announcement from them on a new sports park at Broxhill and plans for a new library which are expected to be built this year.

For information the press release can be read at

Call to get Harold Hill Groups Online

Harold Hill Festival has recently signed up to go on to the Havering Community in Action Portal. This is an online directory that enables people to find local groups in the area. This can be a boost to groups in terms of raising their profile and getting more hits for their websites. In Harold Hill particularly there has been a push to get more groups listed on there recently and we support anything that promotes local community activities.

To find out more visit

You can download a form from the website which you can use to sign up. Or alternatively you can call HAVCO on 01708 742881

This is a joint initiative between London Borough of Havering and HAVCO who are both Festival partners.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Meet the Partners: Volunteer Centre Havering

Volunteer Centre Havering (run by HAVCO) is a Harold Hill Festival partner. Their role is to help the festival recruit volunteers, help manage them on the day and work with us to ensure proper guidance is in place.

So what does the Volunteer Centre Havering do?