Brentford Festival 2008

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Brentford Festival 2008
Sunday, 7th September
12 noon to 5.30 p.m.

Boston Manor Park
Boston Manor Road
Brentford, TW8

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Friends of Boston Manor
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Our thanks to our 2008 sponsors

The Ealing & Brentford Consolidated Charity
Thames Water
Day Aggregates
Fuller Smith & Turner
Quilliam Property Services

Marmalade Designs


Independent Audio
Paul Dixon
Blue Onyx Summer disappointing? Back to school? Back to work? Don't despair - the Brentford Festival is back, bigger than before. Be entertained by a hoard of Singers and Musicians on the Main Stage (situated on the sports field behind the car park), including:

MandyWood Roy Hill Kindred Spirit The Broadways Oddfellas
Brentford Boat Club
The 2007 Festival also focused on sport, activities and water.   We had lots of trial coaching sessions in football (Brentford Football Club and Spartans Youth Football Club), rugby (Grasshoppers), canoing (Brentford Boat Club), cycling (Hounslow Cycle Group).  Ealing Cycle Campaign offered free bike maintenance instruction and Brentford Police offered free security bike marking.  The event was opened jointly by the Mayor of Hounslow and The Mayor of Ealing.

Grasshoppers Rugby Club Spartans Youth FC Boston Manor Tennis Club Tournament 2006 Ealing Cycle Campaign Football Action
There were more stalls than ever booked in, including community and charity groups art, craft and jewellery stalls. We also had a holistic area for massage and treatments. The Fire Brigade and Metrolopolitan Police attended and we list below some of the other stallholders:
  • Hounslow/Ealing Friends of the Earth
  • Ealing Veggie Group
  • Brentford Recycling Action Group
  • Cranford Kestrels Trampoline Club
  • Forever Living Products
  • Brahma Kumaris
  • Green Trading Co.
  • Mulberry Centre/Friends of Mulberry
  • Breathe Easy
  • Usborne Books
  • Phoenix Trading
  • Hounslow Toy Library
  • Osterley Park
  • Hounslow & District Acquarist Society

  • Two licensed bars provided a variety of refreshments, serving soft drinks, beer (real ale and lager), cider and wine,
  • The Old Fire Station Brentford offered cocktails with a carnival feel
  • A variety of Food Stalls attended - Sri Lankan, Thai, Chinese, traditional burgers and chips
  • Flyte Entertainments provided a small, traditional fair with:
    • Swing Boats
    • Chair o Plane ride
    • Tea Cup Ride
    • Toy Set Ride
  • Cork Shooter
  • Ball in the Bucket
  • Children's Prize Striker
  • Candy Floss Stall
  • There was a giant inflatable slide
  • The Park Children's play area was open as usual but children had to be accompanied by parents or other responsible person. There were also many children's activities, such as face painting, dance workshops, etc.
  • Teas, coffee and cakes were served from the Pavilion Cafe, as usual - a place to rest and recharge the batteries!
  • S.I.T. gave a dog training demonstration and organised a dog show
  • There was a rare opportunity to visit the rooms of this 16th Century Boston Manor House
  • Please contact us if you can help to organise our 2008 Festival, including football, tennis, car boot sale, setting up band/stage equipment, preparing and selling afternoon cream teas, or can provide any back-up help with administration, printing, photocopying, posters, etc., by emailing, or replying on our Reply Form

    The Live Music 2007

    This year there are some very, very exciting acts performing at the Brentford Festival. For instance we will see one of the world’s only Moody Blues tribute bands, Blue Onyx, take the stage alongside electrifying, contemporary folk rock band, Kindred Spirit, who recently performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. We also have the amazingly talented, 14 year old singer / songwriter / guitarist, Lizzie Massey, recently returned from Glastonbury.

    Blue Onyx ( are an excellent, new, eight-piece band. They are already attracting masses of attention from Moody Blues fans all over the world because they are not only an excellent band but the Moody Blues perform very few live gigs in the UK as well as abroad now. We are very lucky to have Blue Onyx as they only recently started gigging and this Festival appearance will be their second ever live performance. They have a full concert arranged at the Waterman’s Arts Centre in Brentford on September 15th.

    Kindred Spirit ( are renowned for their stunning takes on some classic tracks and will take your breath away with an incredible version of Bob Dylan’s, “All Along The Watchtower”. The stunning nature of the treatment of these tracks is largely due to the "haunting and beautiful" vocals and powerful song writing from Elaine Samuels, the extraordinary flute and sax playing of Annie Parker and the phenomenal electric violin playing of Gavin Jones. Gavin has been playing violin since the age of 4 and has even had private lessons at the famous Yehudi Menhuin School. The band will treat you to Elaine’s own “perceptive and intriguing” songs – like the haunting “Run Red” about a woman’s struggle with her inner beast (not about herself – Elaine insists!). Elaine has performed her own songs on television, radio and at Glastonbury and Guildford Folk & Blues Festival (to name a few). Drummer, Alan, has performed with some famous folk/rock names in the past himself including Ric Sanders of Fairport Convention. The whole band performed a special gig at the Cavern club last November, where they were complimented by John Lennon’s sister, Julia. Another very special feature of the Kindred Spirit band is the musical interplay between lead instrumentalists Gavin and Annie. Not only do they produce beautiful solos and foot stomping jigs and reels but they are both superb at on the spot improvisations and fly into thrilling musical duels live on stage.

    Lizzie Massey (, still only 14 years of age, has already appeared on television numerous times and most recently was picked to front a special band at Glastonbury, song writing with Billy Bragg.

    Some of the above items listed may alter due to unforeseen circumstances and the Friends of Boston Manor and The Brentford Festival Organising Committee cannot guarantee attendance of any of the stallholders or other third parties.

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