Feast – West Norwood

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In West Norwood, every first Sunday of the month it’s time for FEAST, a string of community markets in the town centre.

There are four different markets:

– A fresh’n’green market, with vegetables, cheese, etc.
– A “retro village”, ie a market full of vintage clothing, curiosities and all kinds of other stuff
– An artisan market with local artists demonstrating their craft
– A food market for those who are hungry

There are plenty of things to buy, but FEAST is not only about shopping. There are free performances from artists, a tea and talk table for people with a Freedom Pass, and much more.

How did they do it?
FEAST was set up by Space Makers Agency, but quickly handed over to a steering board of enthusiastic local volunteers. All events are run by volunteers, which helps to contribute to the community spirit in the area. In total there are around 30 enthusiastic local volunteers behind the running of FEAST – fulfilling all kinds of roles.

There are public meetings each Tuesday and there are working groups for each of the 4 markets, plus additional working groups for engagement and performance.

Currently the organisation is run as a Community Interest Company but they are looking to become a charity. With funding from the Outer London Fund, the Mayor of London and Lambeth Council they now employ a part-time paid Feast Coordinator who works for 6-8 days a month. The Feast Coordinator functions as first point of contact for Feast.