Press Release 12/9/2016

Sherwood Rise Residents’ Association

PRESS RELEASE, for immediate use:


IT’s STUFF of LIFE time again…


The popular community festival STUFF OF LIFE is returning to Sherwood Rise in Nottingham, for its Ninth Edition on Saturday 01st October. This year the theme is ‘SUNFLOWERS’.


From 12midday till 6pm the tiny Hedley Villas Park and surrounding streets on top of the Sherwood Rise hill will be filled with a huge array of creative talent, enjoyed by hundreds of local people many who see it as a ‘not to be missed event’ in their annual calendar.


This year we have the return of many festival favourites including bands on the Main Stage, music in the more intimate Acoustic Stage, a Poetry Garden with performances from spoken word artists, craft stalls and a whole host of children’s activities. The festival culminates in a street parade around local streets accompanied by a folk/samba fusion of drummers and dancers carrying large life-sized sunflowers creating a river of vibrant yellow to flow along the streets and brighten up our neighbourhood.


Make sure that you arrive at the festival with an empty belly –  as there will be food on offer from a variety of community stall holders, and the ever favourite homemade Cake Cafe…  It is said that the Stuff of Life Festival runs on cake… and this is very close to the truth as it’s a major way the festival organisers raise the funds needed to mount the event.


Highlights of STUFF OF LIFE 2016 include (but not limited to):


  • Live music on the Main Stage from the funkiest band in Nottingham – Sankofa, Cowshit Bingo, and Derbyshire’s legendary A52s. Officially Opened by The Belters at 12 midday.
  • Music on Neds Acoustic Stage (in a former pyclet factory), including Paul Carbuncle, The Rise Choir, Marc Block and Lost Kind Words and the incredible Tiger accompanied by Milk Milkovitch
  • Poets and writers on the Spoken Word Stage include Katy Gearing, Dianne Pinnock, Geoff Caldwell, Phil Deakin and Richard C Bower, Leanne Moden, Stephen Thomas and Chris Lewis-Jones.
  • Nottingham Gamelan 
  • Giant life-size Sunflower Workshops
  • Michael Davis’ renowned sonic pentatonic ‘Chimes’ commissioned by City Arts
  • A craft fair of over 20 local crafters, mostly from the NG7 and NG5 area
  • Creative activities for families including face painting, crafty drop-ins, making tree blessings and processional sunflowers,  and the return of the human fruit machine!
  • a Chilean barbeque stall, Samosas and Baked Potatoes, Nigerian and Turkish stalls, a street café (serving cakes made by neighbours), a pedal powered smoothie maker, and a wood-fired pizza stall


STUFF OF LIFE festival is unique in several ways. It is organised completely by volunteers: local people who live around the Hedley Villas Park, who have formed a lively and dynamic residents association which was set up in 1999 and aims to improve the area by the simple act of helping neighbours to get to know each other better.  The festival is one of a number of events organised by residents each year which include a May Day picnic,  and festive carols. However the annual STUFF OF LIFE festival is undoubtedly the biggest and most well-loved event.


There’s still time to join in and help with the festival if you are available. Simply contact the residents association via our website or social media,  – especially if you want to come along to the Makers’ Day, Sunday 25th September 11-4pm and help make some giant sunflowers for the procession…..or make some cake for the legendary Cake Café.


Voted recently by the Nottingham Evening Post as one of the ‘Seven Hidden Gems to Visit in Nottingham Before You Die…’  Hedley Villas park is set within an attractive square of Victorian houses and bordered by cobbled streets but is little known beyond the immediate area as it is so tucked away from any main roads, despite being visible from a mile away. Its tall poplar trees are a landmark and can be seen from the Forest Recreation Ground. The park had a £30,000 re-vamp earlier this year funded by Wren, and was awarded funding by Tesco to build a community Pizza Oven.  Designs are being worked up, but in the meantime a slice of pizza amongst other culinary delights can be sampled at this year’s festival.


Everyone is welcome at the festival, it’s free to enter and there’s lots to see and do. It’s family friendly and no alcohol is on sale.


Further information can be found:

Instagram: @stuff_of_life_festival 

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