This inaugural Cultural Craft Fayre, celebrating Black History Month and 75 years of the NHS, commenced in the most favourable weather conditions, and it set the perfect tone for what was an extraordinary afternoon of celebration and community engagement.

Guests were greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere right from the entrance, where there was a jerk pan set up, a mobile barbershop, and stalls selling pumpkins and organic honey.These elements added an inviting touch to the event.

However, the real showstopper was the mesmerising display by the Kingsway Project, commemorating the Windrush 75th anniversary. Their presentation beautifully captured the historical significance of the day and provided a thought-provoking starting point for our guests.

Upon entering the main hall, guests were treated to an impressive variety of stalls and crafters. From the enchanting handmade sweets to the aroma of fresh homemade bread, the vibrant African arts and crafts, and the exquisite condiments and seasonings by Gellas Kitchen, there was an abundance of creativity on display.

Angels Caribbean Cuisine brought a taste of the Caribbean to the Fayre, delighting guests with a menu that featured traditional Caribbean dishes. Their rice and peas, fragrant with the flavours of coconut and spices, transported us to the sunny shores of the Caribbean. The curry dishes, rich and aromatic, showcased the culinary heritage of the region.

One of the standout dishes of the day was the jerk chicken. The tender and perfectly seasoned chicken, cooked to perfection with their signature jerk marinade, was a true crowd-pleaser. The aroma alone drew guests to their stall, and the taste did not disappoint.

The raffle added an extra layer of excitement to the festivities, with a beautiful hamper sponsored by Gellas Kitchen and a delicious cake sponsored by Angels Caribbean Cuisine to mark the NHS 75th anniversary. Congratulations to our raffle winners, Jodie, Sarah and Shirrel.

The outpouring of positive feedback from the public and the community was overwhelming and heart warming. This event resonated deeply with our guests, and it was clear that it left a lasting impression. It was a collaborative effort between the Dorothy Parkes Centre, Gellas Kitchen and Angel's Caribbean Cuisine, and we’re all proud of the dedication and teamwork that made this event a resounding success.

In conclusion, the Black History Month Cultural Fayre was an exceptional celebration of culture, diversity, and community spirit. It brought together people from all walks of life, and it was an honour to be part of such a meaningful event. Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success.