Catford, Sunday 11 Sept 2011: Catford’s newest residents’ association marked its first year this weekend, with a free family festival at Abbotshall Fields.

Around 450 residents and friends of the Corbett Residents’ Association were treated to a farmers’ market, live music, dancers,  gardening stalls, face painting, kids’ games, bouncy castle, book stall, cake stall and competition, tea and juice bar, Funkacise, football and ukulele performance.

Lucky raffle winners also won prizes including VIP tickets for a London gig, theatre tickets from Catford Broadway theatre, complimentary gym and spa tickets from David Lloyd Gym, a year’s subscription for Which? Magazine, and box of healthy goodies from the Corbett Resident Association’s Gardening Club.

The bash was attended by Heidi Alexander MP, The Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, and deputy Mayor of Lewisham, along with two other local ward councillors.

Formed in September 2010 and now with over 110 household members, the association has held a Bonfire Night fireworks display, an inter-street quiz, safari supper and Easter Egg Hunt in the past year.

It also has youth, gardening and street and environment sub-groups to support member households, distributes a quarterly newsletter and has a Facebook page. Its second, annual firework display will go ahead on Saturday 5th November.

Representing Muirkirk, Abbotshall, Dowanhill, Merchiston, Braidwood, Killearn, Ardoch, Balloch, Birkhall, Ardfillan roads, it aims to encourage community action and build a support network.

Mekor Newman, association chairperson said: “We’ve achieved a huge amount in our first year, but most important, neighbours are talking, having fun and getting involved in community action.”

Interested local residents can contact Mekor Newman –


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