A Garden Full Of Cultural Delights 2013

St Leonards Gardens basked in the warmth of sun and cordial interaction as it hosted it’s 4th Garden Full of Delights event to celebrate good relations in our ever more diverse and fascinating community. Thanks to all who contributed through their joy and enthusiasm, faith & charity stalls, performances, delicious food, children’s activities and generous giving!

The Interfaith Forum’s Secretary, Tim Miller, welcomed Mayor Alan Roberts and Council Leader, Jeremy Birch along with our VIP visitor, Betty Brimstone (courtesy of Theatre Rotto) with local caterers serving African, Vegan and Chinese food and traditional tea and cakes in the Lodge. The entertainment got underway with Gizmo Kids who have delighted our audience each of the last 4 years with their dance and song.

The cultural programme reflected the exciting diversity of Central St Leonards as The Celtic String Band were followed by the colourful dancers of the Chinese association and the vibrant Lindy Hoppers joined by an excited audience of young dancers, who stayed on to accompany Esther Ntung in her beautiful African dances. Then we could all chill out to St Leonards very own Jazz Trio, Chinese singer Michelle Foo and the exotic tones of Tabla and Sitar from the Bangladeshi Association.

Thanks to Amber Rudd MP and Oliur Rahman who drew the raffle prizes and especially to the many volunteers who made the day possible as part of another wonderful collaboration between Hastings Intercultural Organisation, Friends of St Leonards Gardens and Hastings and District Interfaith Forum - with the help of Hastings Borough Council and the funding of Community First Grants we could celebrate the Cultural Delights of our community!

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