Forty years ago, a band of Primrose Hill Community Association (PHCA) volunteers decided that there should be a Summer Fair in Primrose Hill. So they started running it in and around Chalcot Square, followed by a Sports Day on the hill the next day. Little did those volunteers know that this would turn into a run of forty consecutive Summer Fairs in Primrose Hill – and this writer has organised the past fourteen of them.
Somewhere along the line the Sports Day dropped off, but was replaced by themed fairs including a Medieval Pageant, Circus, Roaring Twenties, Wild West and much more.
The 40th Primrose Hill Community Association Summer Fair will be held on Saturday 10 June 2017, 1.30 to 5pm, in Chalcot Square and Chalcot Road. [map]
This year we want the fair to be just a little bit special, so we are hoping to have a parade through Primrose Hill just prior to the opening of the fair. Transition Primrose Hill will organise this, linking up with the Paraiso School of Samba, a 50-strong outfit of dancers and drummers who will add colour, sound and vibrancy to the proceedings, as well as celebrating Primrose Hill’s diversity and energy. The ‘Hat Judges’ will also have a keen eye on the participants and the audience to pick out contenders for the ‘Best Hat’ competition. There will also be an Instagram photo competition – using hashtag #PHFair (more details soon).
The event will be opened by Richard Cotton, Camden Councillor and Primrose Hill Library volunteer, due to be elected Mayor of Camden in May. He will be introducing on stage local groups Pitta Patta Dancers, Catherine’s Ballet, the South Hampstead High School Cheerleaders, Emily Dankworth Jazz Band and the Rock Choir. Stilt walkers, face painters, Punch and Judy, Morris Men/Women and Primrose Hill Choir will perform in the square.
Everyone can join in our popular sideshows, staffed by local volunteers, which include a Coconut Shy, Spin the Wheel and Hoop-La. Our BBQ, Pimms, wine and beer, and home-made cake and tea stalls will be serving delicious food and drink. Other Community Centre stalls will be selling new/nearly new items, jewellery, toys, books, raffle tickets etc., offered by people who have hired stalls to sell their wares. If you need a summer treat, Garry Trainer and his colleagues will be on hand to offer massages.
We invite you to come along and enjoy the day, and help raise money for the Primrose Hill Community Association to fund its various activities and services for local people, including raising funds for the lease of the hall.
Volunteer/Help or Donate a Prize
If you wish to book a stall, volunteer to help at the fair or donate a prize for our raffle or auction, please contact Mick or Julie at the Centre on 020 7586 8327. Thank you.
Stay in touch with Primrose Hill Summer Fair on Facebook here.