Annual May Fayre & Puppet Festival

Annual May Fayre & Puppet Festival

Sunday, 12th May 2019.  11am to 5.30pm in St. Paul’s garden.

The nearest thing that we have to a Village Fete in Covent Garden.

Everyone is welcome to this beautiful, free event in the garden of St. Paul’s by the piazza.

The forecast is fine.  Please come, chat to your neighbours and get in the mood for Summer.

Local volunteers for CGCA will be at our stall all day.  We always have some herbs, bedding plants and hand-painted cards for sale … but that’s just a front for discussing what’s going on in the area!

There are plenty of other stalls, games, food and perfomances to enjoy.

Of course, the main event is Mr. Punch’s 357th anniversary – since Samuel Pepys first recorded seeing him in May 1662.

Punch and Judy ‘professors’ come from all over the UK, and even internationally, to present their versions of the more-than-incorrect puppet drama.

Things kick off with a Grand Procession and band at 11am, followed by the special church service at 12 Noon with Mr. Punch in the pulpit, and performances until 5.30pm.

More information can be found at these links in Time Out and at St. Paul’s.


Public meeting with senior police and local authority representatives on Tuesday 20th November at 6.30pm.

Please join the ‘Community Conversation’ on crime, anti-social behaviour and community safety in the St. Giles/Seven Dials/Covent Garden area.  The meeting is open to residents and businesses.

Senior Police, council Cabinet members, Councillors and senior council officers from both Camden and Westminster will be there, because, as we know, many of the issues are cross-border in nature.  Some of the large businesses that have local operations and are badly affected will also be sending senior representatives.

It may be tempting to look back on the many meetings, police drop-in events and discussions that we have all attended in the recent past and ask “what good have they done?”.  But this one should be very different because the attendees from Camden and Westminster have the authority to make a difference.  This is the first cross-border public meeting on the topic for almost 20 years, so it is high-profile.  And the last one did lead to significant change for a long time.  Here at CGCA we have been working with others for over a year to push for another.  The Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, even visited the area to see things for herself last week.  So we hope that things are now coming to a head.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th November 2018 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

The venue is Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

Camden and Westminster already know that drug related anti-social behaviour is a significant concern.  But this is an opportunity to make sure that everyone at the most senior levels is fully aware of its true impact on the community and about other issues in our area.  It is also an opportunity for us to understand what is already being done, and what is planned to be done about them.  We need to discuss what can be done differently and more effectively by residents, businesses, Council and Police working together because the current system is not working for us.

If you have any questions specifically about the meeting please contact Camden Community Safety team, who are organising the meeting.  Their email address is communitysafety@camden.gov.uk, or they can be contacted via the Camden switchboard on 020 7974 4444.

We hope to see you there.

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