Winning the Battle

Last year's Battlefield street party
Last year's Battlefield street party

DESPITE having no funding, determined volunteers are fighting to ensure the Battlefield street party continues to go from strength to strength.

Since its humble beginnings starting as a “big lunch” event for the community, it has become a fixture in the southside community calendar, joining the southside festival, bungo in the back lanes, ready, steady, grow! and many others.

Olivia Hanley — a 30-year-old community development manager — is a volunteer member of the Battlefield community project’s committee.

She told The Extra: “We have applied to a number of bodies but have been unsuccessful in securing funding.

“We rely entirely on the time and donations of people and businesses and there is a real energy from these volunteers.

“Despite limited resources we hope that the festival will continue to get bigger each year.

“Battlefield is a diverse, unique place and it is great that the community can all come together as one and celebrate that diversity”.

On Saturday, people will gather at the corner of Ledard Road and Arundel Drive — a previously unused plot of land which the committee have helped to turn into a community space — to take part in a number of exciting activities.

The party will kick off with a parade leaving Battlefield primary school at noon, ending in the community garden.

To add to the festival atmosphere, a number of local musicians, including southside bands Keeper, Shift and The Lonely Oatcake will entertain the crowd.

The stage will also reveal if the southside has talent, as it will be open to anyone who wants to show off their skills.

To add to the unique flavour of the event, there will also be taster tai chi and yoga workshops, arts and crafts for children, a bouncy castle, a raffle and lots more.

Community groups and organisations will have a chance to recruit new members and appeal to the community through a number of stalls.

Although it has grown, so much since its first year, the event will stick with the tradition of the “big lunch” and locals are asked to bring along their best sandwiches, quiches and cakes to share with their neighbours.

As well as Saturday’s party, the Battlefield community project also hosts a Halloween lantern parade and a Christmas carol event.

n The Battlefield street party takes place from noon till 5pm at the corner of Ledard Road and Arundel Drive.