A touch of May Madness will be coming to Starch Green & along the Askew Road on Saturday May 17th

Local residents are in for a few surprises when they go about their business along the Askew Road between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 17 May. They might well bump into Alice, the White Rabbit, be invited to play croquet on Starch Green with Flamingos (not real ones!) or dance with some Morris men round the May pole. Askew Library will also be running Alice themed activities for children on the Saturday and during the following 2 weeks.

This is all part of an event being organised by Hammersmith Community Gardens and Askew Business Network to mark the start of the London-wide Chelsea Fringe event, a 3 week celebration of all forms of gardening. In addition to having entertainment along the street there will be a plant stall, seed bomb making at Starch Green (at the junction of Askew and Goldhawk Roads) AND LOTS MORE including an Alice themed treasure trail that will run for 2 weeks. Clues will be placed in the windows of more than 20 local participating shops and cafes. (copies of the trail will be available from the library and Finlay Brewer Estate Agents.)

This is the second year that local businesses have supported the event. Last year the theme was Edible Askew and increased the foot fall along the road but this year we going Alice mad.

The event is one of a series of activities planned along the road this year, look out for sunflowers in September and something for Christmas on Starch Green. All these ideas have been made possible thank to sponsorship from 3 local estate agents, Finlay Brewer, Philip Wooller, Ravenscourt Residential and the Eagle pub.


11.00             Morris Men on Starch Green

11.15             Morris Men outside The Orchard Tavern

11.30            Morris Men and stilt walkers along Askew Road

11.45            Maypole Dancers on Starch Green

12.30            Morris Men on Starch Green

13.00            Maypole Dancers on Starch Green

13.30            Dancers on Starch Green

14.00             Ends with Morris Men at The Eagle.


Hammersmith Community Gardens Association is a local environmental charity that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Our work can be summed up as Growing Plants- Growing People – Growing Communities and we run several projects see www.hcga.org.uk for details

Askew Business Network is a vibrant and energetic local group where businesses and residents in and around the Askew Road meet and share contacts, information, expertise and friendship. www.askewbusiness.co.uk

The Chelsea Fringe will begin on Saturday 17th May and run for 3 weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London. It will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations the Chelsea Fringe. www.chelseafringe.com.




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