On Monday 4th June the residents of Elspeth Road and Lavender Gardens joined forces for a Jubilee Street Party! At 10am we closed Lavender Gardens with the aid of some chairs then setup a small stage and a long row of tables for lunch. I was in charge of the cake competition (and is partly the reason why this blog has been full of nothing but cake for the last few weeks!)
I set up my trestle table and didn't have to wait long for the cakes to start arriving - the table was full within the first 5 minutes and I ended up grabbing another four to cope with the overwhelming amount of submissions!
The turn out for the cake competition was absolutely fantastic and the designs ranged from hearty home made classics like carrot cake, battenberg, coffee and walnut cake and Victoria sponge to artistic sculptures featuring a corgi, postage stamp and many Union Flags rendered in berries. Anna (who was with me during first forays into baking earlier in the year when we attempted a two tier Red Velvet layer cake) even brought along a cheese cake featuring a Banksy style stencil of the Queen's face.
To judge the competition we were lucky to have our Mayor Adrian Knowles, as well as Kurt, the owner of a brilliant local Children's Cafe Wonderworld of Wishes. They were joined by Richard, the vicar from the local church, St Barnabas' and Glynn Christian - popular BBC TV food traveler and writer.
The lovely Hannah Couper took these photos of the day. You can visit her blog here.
As well as the cake competition we had performances throughout the day by students of the London College of Music as well as the Battersea Arts Centre Beat Box Academy, lots of games, a fancy dress competition and face painting for the children and a huge communal lunch. When the bunting had been taken down and the street re-opened it was time to pile into the garden of the Battersea club for a BBQ run by Cleavers Butchers followed by a spot of disco dancing.
Here are a few more photos of the rest of the celebration taken by Hannah.
Well done everyone for making it such a fantastic day!