Whirlwind of a Festival fortnight

Many congratulations to the Jesmond Festival organisers for a fantastic fortnight-and-a-bit. Newcastle Cricket Club was delighted to host a wide variety of events and welcome many new faces.

Part of the magic of this annual event is making new friends and creating partnerships with community organisations. One example this year was the pairing of a performance by Jesmond Young Bands and the weekly Junior WASPS training.

JES FEST_young bands and cricket_webIt meant musicians on the grass trying out a bat and ball, and young cricketers having the treat of some amazing performances after they’d finished their coaching. JES FEST_young bands closeup_webJES FEST_young bands wide

The new WASPS facepaint was unveiled – bravely tested first by Junior Coordinator Peter Hirst before the Junior players tried out the logo. JES FEST_peter wasps first facepaint_webJES FEST_juniors_wasps facepaint closeup_web

Next night brought together Friends of St George’s Church and the cricket club: both were celebrating 125 year anniversaries and local historian Alan Morgan cast light on 1888 and the Jesmond area with a fascinating illustrated talk to a packed house.

JES FEST_ debate wide_webThere was also a big turnout for The Jesmond Debate, on “Does England Need an Established Church?”, followed the next night by the results of a detailed survey by Transition Jesmond into future possibilities for Acorn Road shopping area. JES FEST women training n juniors_webOutside the women’s team and the Junior teams were practising, making it a busy evening at the Ground – both the Juniors and Girls’/Women’s squads attracted new members after the chance for free sample sessions during the Festival. There were also sampler sessions with Slimming World (which meets at the club on Tuesdays) and Jesmond Senior Men’s Club (which meets on Thursday mornings).

The finale to the Festival came with the Pimms Weekend – the weather gods must be a bit partial to cricket as this coincided with the best weather not just of the Festival but of the year to date! Full report and pictures can be seen here, and there are albums on Facebook. The unplanned but perfect start came with the arrival of first visitor Georgina Chapman – she came with her family to donate a photo she’d taken of the Ground in 2007. The new accessible terrace was completed just in time for the Festival – so Georgina was on hand to christen it!

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