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OUR STORY

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.


Meet the Feast Team

Lindsey lives in Haddenham and has been involved in many community events. She currently sits on the committee for the village hall. A rubbish artist, she nevertheless loves to give everything a go. By day, she runs an advice charity in London and wants the arts in Haddenham to embrace all the community including commuters. 

Lindsey Pool 

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Greg Smith 

Liz has lived in Haddenham for 16 years now. Formally a trained Dental Technician, she’s worked as a jeweller for the past 5 years. She’s been involved in organising the Haddenham Makers & Artists Fairs, local shopping evenings and was a committee member of Bucks Art Weeks for 4 years. 

Liz Dee 

Jim has lived in Haddenham for the last five years. Jim has a background in Event management having worked in the met police's events team where he was involved in the organisation of major London events. A former rock musician Jim has been involved in the organisation of music festivals. He now works as an NHS manager. 

Jim Brown  

Roy has lived in Haddenham for 2 years, but this is his first involvement in community life. He believes it’s important for every voice in the village to be heard, and the Feast Festival is an ideal opportunity to get a wide range of people doing stuff together that is fun to do, and from which new friendships can evolve.

Roy Payne 

Beth is the project coordinator for Feast and is passionate about the arts. She has worked in the charity sector for 22 years and is an active member of the Haddenham community having lived here for 16 years with her young family. 

Beth Knighton 

Brenda, Haddenham resident for 15yrs.

A retired ‘Jack of all trade’s’. Haddenham Age Concern volunteer for 10yrs, mainly running the Friday Art Group. Loves Haddenham and all it has to offer. 

Brenda Bonnage 

Heather writes all her own text, produce her own images and construct her own bindings. She has been making artists books since 1993 but recently has ventured into altered books. Research introduced her to writers that have had conversations with the text of another. Her altered books reflect this philosophy. She is at present Artist- in- Residence at Turn End Garden, Haddenham. This has enabled her to use the garden for all types of botanical transfer printing methods to produce handmade books. Her latest books are housed in recycled vintage cigarette and makeup compacts. 
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Heather Hunter 
Book artist

Sue Wood has gained commendations in many national poetry competitions, including 1st prize in the Oxford Literary Festival, and received the Cinnamon Press Award for Poetry in 2008, leading to the publication of her first poetry collection Imagine yourself to be water (2009).

Sue Wood 

I have many hats as they say! I am a portrait artist and do many commissions of people and pets in pastel. I also work at the John Radcliffe Eye hospital. When I’m not busy with work and juggling my two children I can be found playing the fiddle in a barn dance band, or singing with a big Jazz band! I have helped to organise art events locally and am active in the PTA and parent council for the schools in the village.
I don’t like to be bored! 

Clare Abbott 

Studied English Literature and Creative Writing at University of East Anglia
Lives in London

Susie Smith 

Chloe has always lived in Buckinghamshire and moved to Haddenham a year ago after spending three years at the Arts University Bournemouth studying Creative Events Management. Alongside her studies she worked and volunteered at a number of arts and music events. Since graduating last year Chloe has worked on running her own small scale events, travelling and volunteering for events including The Haddenham Feast Festival.



I have always lived in Buckinghamshire and moved to Haddenham a year ago after spending three years at the Arts University Bournemouth studying Creative Events Management. Alongside my studies I worked and volunteered at a number of arts and music events. Since graduating last year, I have worked on running my own small scale events, travelling and volunteering for events including The Haddenham Feast Festival.  

Chloe Goddard

Creative, obssesed with her cats  ^^
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Justine Majek 

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