Lisson Green festival puts a spring in the step of the local community

On the 12 April, CityWest Homes and the London Business School teamed up to throw a Lisson Green spring festival of fun. Throughout the afternoon, over 200 residents enjoyed activities for all the family and the event was the first of its kind on the estate.

The festival was a team effort, with the Tenants and Residents Association (TARA), local businesses, Vital Regeneration and CityWest Homes’ area management committee also contributing to the day. It kicked off with a five-a-side football tournament, where young residents joined up to form eight teams. CityWest Homes own team, the ‘Repair Kings’ also joined in the competition, which took place on the Lisson Green sports pitches. The pitches received fame in 2012, when they underwent a £112,000 renovation funded by CityWest Homes, London Marathon, who is one of the biggest sport funders in the world, and BNP Paribas UK. They were officially opened by London Marathon co-founder and former British Olympian John Disley.

Amongst the sporting fun there was also a giant inflatable slide, face painting, an Easter egg hunt, craft activities and popular local entertainer Safari Pete, who brought a range of animals for the children to see. Residents also enjoyed the live music from local band Delirium playing from the sports area and were treated to a demonstration from local line dancers the ‘Sweet 16s’. There was plenty of free food and drinks available.

Cllr Barbara Grahame, ward councillor for Church Street, attended the event. She said: “The event has been a huge success and it’s fantastic to see so many residents joining in the fun. Despite unpromising weather hundreds of residents had a wonderful afternoon, with something for all ages.

“This has been an incredible collaboration between CityWest Homes, TARA and students at the London Business School. To see so many people enjoying the activities and celebrating their community makes it all worthwhile.”

Local resident Claudia Aleo attended the event with her three year old son, Michael. She said: “I have loved this event, it’s really wonderful. There are not that many places to take children with activities like this so it’s fantastic to have something like this near home.” When asked if he was enjoying the day too, Michael answered: “Yes, thank you. I really enjoyed the animals, especially the owl.”

Marcel Mueller, student at the London Business School who helped to organise the event, said: "Our main goal was to get students involved in the community. Working with a very motivated team, including staff from the Community Centre, Fourth Feathers and CityWest Homes. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm and support of the people and feel this made the event a great success."

Photograph captions:

Main: Local residents enjoy the inflatable slide.
Top left: Michael Aleo, aged three, joins in the fun.
Below: Let the games begin.

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