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FANTASTIC FESTIVAL: Residents have a blast at sunny Abbots Autumn Fest

 Published on: 21st September 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The sun shone and the crowds arrived to enjoy the Abbots Autumn Fest on Saturday, September 18.

The early arrivals bagged their seats at the stage area in readiness to enjoy the live musicians, Steve Last and Julian Mount, and dance displays from Tappalachian and Celtic Hearts Irish Dancers, all beautifully presented by the master of ceremonies, Mr Tim Brooks.

Over on the opposite side of School Mead, the St Lawrence Church bell ringers were in full swing on the Charmsborough Ring, a mini bell set, and every hour they rang a peal of bells.

Petefire, Abbots Langley’s own blacksmith, was showing his forging skills, and the Watford and Leavesden Cycle Hub were giving advice and cycling tips as youngsters tested their skills on the circuit.

A great variety of more than 60 stalls were offering homemade crafts: ceramics, slate ware, knitted toys and children’s clothes, jewellery, fused glass, stained glass, bathroom essentials, candles, homewares, bird houses, badges, bespoke gifts and much more.

Local food producers were selling cakes, sweet and savoury pastries, chutneys, brownies, cupcakes, cheeses, eggs, fudges, chilli products, chocolate, jams and marmalades, fruits and vegetables.

Local community groups were fundraising by means of sales of fruit, vegetables, eggs, plants, juices, preserves, and running lucky dip’s, tombola, and other activities.

The Sunnyside Rural Trust brought along their ever popular ‘have a go’ apple press.

Not least, local groups were there to raise awareness of their activities. Amongst these the Local Neighbourhood Plan, the Abbots Langley Local History Society, the Community Centre, St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley Library, Abbeyfield Tannerswood and the Abbots Langley Gardening Society.

And then there was the licensed bar – the Swig and Filly offering local fare, alongside gourmet burgers from Bake N’ BBQ, and marvellous coffee from the van of Really Awesome Coffee.

The excellent shops of School Mead helped to keep the crowds fed and watered: SSR Rapido Peri Peri, the Lighthouse, All’Oro Italia and the Spar supermarket – all of whom gave vouchers for the Tombola, and their support, and of course J & S Service, who very generously sponsor all of the stage entertainment.

Thanks went out to the businesses of Abbots Langley who gave vouchers and prizes for use in the tombola, and to Warner Bros. for the first prize in the BIG Raffle, Alexandra’s Jewellers, Wheathampstead Golf Couse and Spar for the plentiful Hamper – all wonderful prizes offered in the BIG Raffle.

The event is supported by the Watford Community Housing Trust and Abbots Langley Parish Council, with assistance from ABBOTSnews.

The Abbots Autumn Fest website has a full list of supporters:

The organisers would like to give a big thank you to family and friends who help to make this a successful event.

If you might have a few hours to spare to give them a hand, they would love to hear from you at

The organisers have received much positive feedback from the event, so are already planning for next year and the date, for your diaries, will be Saturday, September 17, 2022.

Photo credit Elaine Rushton

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