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St John’s Hill Festival 2015

When I first moved to London, I shared a flat just one street away from St John’s Hill.

Little did I know what a significant place this south London street would become in my career! After managing the Lavender Festival just one street away, Steve Orme from FishClub got in touch to ask if I could organise such an event on St John’s Hill. 9 years later and here we are, preparing for the 9th Annual St John’s Hill Festival.

The event truly is a collaborative effort, powered by the wonderful selection of businesses which line both sides of the upper part of St John’s Hill. Most are independent retailers, cafés, bars and restaurants, but all are community spirited. From the Youngs pub on the corner of Plough Road, all the way up to the stone mason on Marcilly Road, the Festival stretches along both sides of “the Hill”, on the second Sunday of every September. The Traders Association consider this day to be a “thank you” to locals, who support the businesses all year round and a great way to invite new people to visit the Hill.

The Festival has become a firm fixture in the Battersea calendar and I’m pleased to say it is very well supported by the residents on the Hill and tributary roads. People are always telling me the Festival has a particularly friendly atmosphere and I agree - the sense of community is palpable. Children smiling and bouncing on the castle, people eating, meeting and talking in the sunshine, alongside the businesses and visiting market stalls serving and selling their wares. The event has always held a charity raffle, with all the prizes donated by the traders of St John’s Hill, in support of worthy, local causes such as the Louvaine Community Centre. This year the raffle will work to raise enough money to have Christmas lights displayed along the Hill this December. Make sure you get a ticket (or two!) - available from all traders on the Hill ahead of the event and on the day - I’ve seen the list of prizes and it is a treasure trove!

The festival plays host to an amazing selection of stalls who join the traders of the Hill to line the street with handmade jewellery, fashion, homewares and so much more - make sure you bring your empty shopping basket! Hungry tummies will also find the mouth-watering hog-roast, freshly baked cakes and artisan breads, cheese, salami and all manner of goodies on which to feast! FishClub will be bringing back the now-famous ‘Great Golden Goldfish Gala’, so the whole family can place bets and cheer a gold fish over the finish line!

Gertrude & Ivy is pleased to be organising the St John’s Hill Festival this year - me and my team are all residents of SW London. Working with Steve & James at the FishClub has always been large fun and I look forward to celebrating the 9th annual St John’s Hill Festival with them with hopefully many more to come.

Emma Jane Clark is Managing Director at Gertrude & Ivy - award winning marketing & event management agency in Battersea and the team behind the St John’s Hill Festival 2015

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