Garden Party-time for St Raphs

For anyone who hadn’t quite had enough partying at Notting Hill Carnival, we hosted St. Raphael’s Garden Party on Weds 31st, in collaboration with Metroland Cultures, to see out the summer holidays in style. 

All part of an extended collaboration working towards creating some new artwork for the garden, the party was also a great excuse to chill out in a lovely space, eat some delicious food and spend time community-building. 

Metroland Cultures were there, gathering opinions from local residents on the new garden art commission, and giving away free merch. 

DJ Predz was set up providing the tunes for the afternoon. 

Our ‘pay-as-you-feel’ Garden Market (usually Saturdays 10.00 – 13.00) was open for the community to help themselves to fresh, organic and local delicious produce (with apples and pears picked by Kensal to Kilburn Harvesters from our local community). 

A smoothie stall was in full flow, with all sorts of exotic creations being served by our Summer Club participants – who served up their creations in matching home-made t shirts no less. 

Our Forest School was in action, where kids got to get stuck in nature – including decorating tree medallions and making fire. 


The infamous pizza-oven was fired up, with a steady flow of homemade woodfired pizzas served to our hungry guests.

Entertainment including Guinness World Record hula hooping, and football tricks!

Our friends down at Chipsy were our guest caterers, with chips and hot dogs for all! With a queue that didn’t disappear all afternoon, I think you could say it went down a treat.

Brent Council were also there, gathering opinions and voices from residents on what is needed to face the cost-of-living crisis.

Brent Heath Watch and Brent Health Matters were distributing information on local services, and signposting and advising individuals on their varying needs. Brent Parent Champions and the St Raphs Family Wellbeing Centre were giving families advice and guidance on the support available in the borough.

Meanwhile – down in the main building the final day of our Uniform Pop-Up Shop saw hundreds more families kit out their kids ready for the new school year.

All in all a successful event for the community – we look forward to seeing you at the next one.  


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