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May Fayre celebration

Local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links are holding the seventh annual May Fayre event on Saturday at the Growing Together Westcliff community garden. The community event will be held between 11 am and 2 pm and is free to enter.

The May Fayre will feature a bonanza of local music including folk band Slow Loris, Keith Baxter from The Famous Potatoes and friends leading the maypole dancing and Morris Dancing troupe from Leigh the Cockleshell Clogs.


There will be something for all ages at the May Fayre, with a bouncy castle and children’s trail, raffle, crafts and bric a brac stall. There will be homemade cakes and hotdogs too and a range of bedding flowers, vegetable seedlings and local honey for sale.

The May Fayre will be at the Growing Together Westcliff garden, which is maintained by adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities. Members of the Growing Together project benefit from horticultural training, therapeutic activities and enjoy meeting people and making friends at the garden. The community garden is one acre large and includes vegetable growing area, plant sales, herbaceous border, wildlife area and herb garden. There are five chickens at the garden and members thoroughly enjoy caring for them.

Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links, said “The May Fayre at Growing Together is an annual highlight. It is a great chance to enjoy the community gardens and this special season as everything comes into bloom – we know that it is good for mental wellbeing to be outdoors connecting with nature and other people, which is what Trust Links is all about. There will be something for everyone at the Fayre including a chance to join in with maypole dancing and plenty to do for children and adults alike.”

Growing Together Westcliff is located on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase and the event is on from 11 am until 2 pm. For more information visit or call 01702 213134.