MidSummer Muswell 2016

MidSummer Muswell on 25th of June 2016, fundraiser for WAVE and The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, was fun, rain and frolics!

Seventy-six trombones hit the morning sun! And at 1.30 PC Sharon Rogers halted the mighty roar of Broadway traffic to march them round Muswell Hill. They were magnificent! N10 hasn’t seen a marching band this century, or maybe the last, so it was ground-breaking stuff by our own Metropolitan Training Brass Band. The director pounded the big bass drum and, as they turned into Fortis Green Road, the Mayor of Haringey stepped up front and twirled his mace, or would have if he had thought to bring it. A splendid start to the festivities, providing yet another reason why PC Sharon was among the five lasses and lads to receive Local Gem awards, presented by Catherine West MP.

It rained of course but the trade in the market place was brisk, the dogs (and owners) bounded over, under and through, the slippery obstacle course to win rosettes and the musical performances on stage were of the highest quality: a special mention for Popchoir (on terrific form), a Kinks reprise by Muswell Hill Exchange, The Famous Class and some great jug band music from the Long String Hawkers with Big Issue John on guitar.

St James’s Church provided shelter and sideshows, including very artistic face-painters and a competition to guess the weight of Maison Blanc’s mouthwatering chocolate cake: in case you were one of the unlucky bidders the answer is 1.258 kg (2lb 8 oz if you are still using Mrs Beeton). On the carpeted performance area the Friends of St James Square mounted a non-stop showcase for local performers: opera, ballet, bands, instrumental music and some fine choral work by Viva Voce, all beautifully presented.

Well done, Friends: rain or shine it was a great day.

To check our Entertainment of the day click here ; For Market stalls click here

Heartfelt thank you to our Volunteers We would not have been able to do this without you.

Check 106 photos of MidSummer Muswell 2016 by clicking HERE, photos by our talented local photographer Mike Goldwater

Photos below by local photographer Amanda Stockley and our general public






There was a plenty of things happening including a stage with bands, music and dancers, pop-up stalls, food and drink, competitive events, Muswell Hill Quiz, as well as a treasure hunt, games and stalls manned by local traders, local organisations and charities. StageTimeTables
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We were fundraising for:


We have seen how healing it can be for those who might often feel ‘left out’ or ‘isolated’, to be actively welcomed and valued in a loving community.

Wave is based on the strong belief that We’re All Valued Equally, and is a charitable organisation that wants to see our local community – individuals with and without learning disabilities – comfortably socialising, working and living together.

They have established the Challenge Group for parents/carers of babies and young children with additional needs; Wave Club for young adults with and without learning disabilities; and Wave Church for adults with learning disabilities who may not be able to get the most out of a regular church service.

Wave was started in 2010 by a group of parents from St James Church who have children with a learning disability. You can read their stories and those of Wave members at:


The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy is the operating name for The Peter Rigby Trust, a registered charitable company. It was first established as The Hornsey Trust for Handicapped Children in 1963 by Peter Rigby, then Mayor of Hornsey, and latterly became The Hornsey Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Its aim initially was to provide education, training and leisure activities for people with learning difficulties. The Hornsey Centre was officially opened in 1967 by its Royal Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra and provided a number of day centre type services for young people up to the age of 25 with a range of disabilities. Over the years, these services became more focused on providing support to children with cerebral palsy.

In 1988, in response to parental demand, The Hornsey Trust incorporated conductive education into its work for children with cerebral palsy. It raised significant funds to extend its facilities and opened the Conductive Education Centre.

Focussing initially on pre-school children and their parents, the Centre soon added a full-time nursery for 3 to 5 year olds and a school group for children aged 5 to 7 years. In February 1999 the Centre achieved Department for Education and Employment (now the Department for Children, Schools and Families) Approved School status as an independent special school for children up to the age of seven, (Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum). In 2007, it extended its school provision to Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum, for children up to the age of eleven.
The London Centre is the only organisation of its kind in London. The Centre also established a training service for:

  • parents
  • schools
  • teachers
  • learning support assistants
  • other professionals working with children with cerebral palsy in mainstream settings.

It also ran block sessions and Summer Schools.

Over the past 45 years, The London Centre’s services have evolved and developed. These services now include:


Committed to Conductive Education
Pioneering in our approach
Encouraging to children, families and staff
Enthusiastic about the services we provide
Continuously learning about what we do
Supportive of those around us