As the dust has now settled on CroxFest 2011 and following the Committee's first meeting to discuss plans and ideas for CroxFest 2012, we thought you might like an update on that lovely afternoon.
To say we were fortunate with the weather would be an understatement; the sun shone for most of the day and put everyone in the festival mood. The bands all arrived on time, they all performed superbly on schedule and were unanimously well received by the audience. The organization went virtually as planned (if we say so ourselves) and the overwhelming feedback we received has been almost entirely positive and supportive. All of the caterers have asked to participate again next year and we have had a number of new and different concessions offer their services too. The organizers and volunteers all had an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding day and even the toilets worked right until the end!
Don't take our word for it though - please take a look at the feedback and see what the audience told us.
Here are a few facts and figures we would like to share with you:
Our Safety Officer (the unflappable Stephen Crabtree) estimates that at it's busiest there were over 3,000 people on the Green and during the course of the whole day the audience probably topped 5,000 people - not bad for a first time! ..... thanks to your generosity over £2,000 was raised for the two nominated charities and on behalf of The Peace Hospice and Help For Heroes we would like to thank you sincerely ..... three of the caterers sold almost their entire stock of food ..... over the course of nine hours, the Medical Aid team only had to treat six minor incidents, ranging from a wasp sting to a nose bleed ..... we only had three lost children who were all each reunited with their parents within a few minutes ... there have been a small number complaints - which we take very seriously - but which amount to about 2% of the total feedback we received.
Well, that's about it for now except to say that the provisional date for CroxFest 2012 is Saturday 8th September, subject to the licence being granted. We hope to have that confirmed shortly and will post the date as soon as we have it. We have a wide spectrum of thoughts, suggestions and new ideas on how to improve the day but are mindful that as it worked so well for so many people we don't want to change it too much. Please keep those suggestions coming though as it is your festival and some aspects have good arguments both for and against.
We would like to leave you for now with a short slideshow of the best photos from the day and thank you all again for coming, for your support and goodwill and we hope to see you again next year.
There is still time to add your photos to the flickr group.
Well, there are only 24 hours to go before Croxfest 2011 gets underway. Our new community one-day music festival has been 8 months in the planning, permissions and licences were applied for and granted, sponsors and local bands found and confirmed and we're finally ready to go. The weather forecast is pretty good, the Green is freshly mown and the toilets are in position!
There will be 9 food stalls and a number of concessions offering a variety of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. Although we will not be selling alcohol, visitors are fine to bring their own, although we do ask that people drink responsibly at this family event.
Vibe FM 107.6, the new community radio station for Watford and the surrounding area, will be at the festival with their Vibe Tribe street team, as well as a couple of DJs helping our very own Master of Ceremonies, Stuart Carter.
We have 10 bands playing a broad spread of music, some performing original songs and others playing favourite covers. There is a superb, purpose built stage and sound system, and we start at midday and go through until 8.00pm. We hope it's going to be a warm and friendly gathering and that you will join us for an enjoyable day on the Green, and with your support (and your feedback please) this will be the first of what we plan will become an annual Croxley Green event, alongside the Revels.
Please visit the website next week as we will be posting photos, reviews and footage of the day.
See you on Saturday!
After months of planning, on Saturday 3rd September 2011, The Green will come alive with the sounds of live music for Croxley’s first ever Community Music Event ‘Croxfest’.
On a specially constructed stage, 10 local bands will perform to their adoring fans as the community come together for what is being billed as one of the most popular new events to be held on The Green in recent years.
This free to attend event has been brought together by a keen band of volunteers under the umbrella of the Croxley Green Society.
The Croxley Green Parish Council (the event's main sponsor) provided a welcome boost to fund the event and money has also been provided by U.D Salon, Reycol Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, FBP, Croxley Meats, Sewell & Gardner and County Councillor Steve Drury.
The music starts at 12 noon and goes through virtually non stop until close at 8pm. See the bands that are performing at this spectacular event.
Eight food outlets are due to attend to provide party goers with a fantastic variety of tastes and choices although festival goers are welcome to bring their own food and drink.
A gazebo area is being provided to the rear of the audience area and anyone bringing their gazebos are asked to ensure that they use this designated space to prevent obscuring a view of the stage.
Mark Saxon, the Event Organiser and Stephen Crabtree the Event Safety Officer wants everyone who comes to Croxfest to have a great time, but please remember this is a family orientated event so please drink and act responsibly.
Parking is very limited so please come, if you can, by foot or public transport.
There is also a flickr group for you to share your photos.