Our story is long in the making, and not yet over. It's built around
a big idea, which people seem to be embracing as they learn more about it.
In The Beginning. It all began with a discussion about improving facilities
to support the community's arts and cultural activities. That conversation overlapped
with a wider debate about the changing nature of Haddenham,
and how new faces and places in the village might best be embraced.
The Big Idea. The big idea was whether it was possible to organise
a week-long 'showcase' of the village's rich cultural life - all the things
going on, often unnoticed, every day throughout the year. And in doing that, explore new activities
or ways of doing things that would help more people enjoy the diverse arts and cultural life of the village.
When To Do It. The Feast is a community and religious estival with its roots
deep in Haddenham's mediaeval past, of which the the joint-Sunday Service
and Haddenham Fair are the last remnants. It seemed fitting to link celebrating modern community
life with the history of the village, bringing the old and new together, proactively scripting
the latest verse in Haddenham's own long
and ever-changing story.
The People Doing It. Much of the early legwork was done by Haddenham community
and arts stalwarts, and they were subsequently joined by some village relative newcomers.
With each member bringing different perspectives and experiences, and everyone
with a "why not?" attitude, the Festival steering group can only do what they're doing
with the active support of village people.
Where We Go Next. Our story and big idea seems to make people smile
when they hear it. How our story unfolds will be driven by the people of Haddenham.
So many of whom have already thrown themselves passionately into the festival.
Please join us.