Hawthorn Community Centre had a sunny day for their 20th year festival, with displays, fun and prizes on the rugby and football fields, and in a leisure centre hall. For me, it was also the day to see my painting for the community up on the wall.
I am quite pleased that I have got key places and a dynamic, and am grateful that the committee asked me to do this. As long as most people are happy with it, that’s great.
The festival spread from the Community Centre out onto the rugby field behind. There are links to the school and into the houses beyond a playground, making these spaces good ways to walk.
GTFM radio was broadcasting. At a pizza stall, the makers stretched and baked the pizza in the clay oven: we shared a salmon one (tomato, cheese, salmon, capers, leaves and very good). We had missed the arena displays and games.
The organisers (including Cathy Lisles) had done a grand job, and were still cheerful at the end of a long day. Besuited local AM Mick Antoniw was chatting with some constituents. We went round the crafts: jewellry, willow basket work, wood and textiles.
Inside the sports hall, prizes were handed out for vegetables, flowers, cakes, jams, crochet and needlework – diverse creativity – and “taster” massage sessions as well as campaigners to support Rhydfelin library.
The festival continued with a barn dance and Sunday services.