The Stroud Green WInter Fair on Saturday was a wonderfully jolly occasion which raised over £1,300 for the Friends of Finsbury Park. This amazing figure was the result of a lot of hard work by members of Stroud Green Women’s Institute, who chose the Friends as their charity for the year.

wi-1Fifteen stallholders, selling an array of handmade and vintage gifts packed into the Stapleton Tavern on Crouch Hill, and there was, of course, the always popular WI cake stall. The doors opened at noon and hundreds of people enjoyed the festive atmosphere whilst making their purchases, and buying raffle tickets sold in aid of the Friends.


WI member Kate Catchesides, who was one of the organisers said: ‘We’re so thrilled with the success of the Stroud Green WInter Fair! It was a great day and the Stapleton Tavern was positively buzzing with buyers starting their Christmas shopping, enjoying delicious cakes from the WI cake stall, and buying tickets for the fantastic raffle. We’re delighted to have raised over £1,300 to support the Friends of Finsbury Park, and also raise awareness of their very important work protecting and enhancing our local park. We’re looking forward to working with the Friends over the next year with more exciting projects’.


Our heartfelt thanks go to all the members of Stroud Green WI, the manager and staff of the Stapleton Tavern for their hospitality and help on the day, the businesses and individuals who donated very generous prizes, and of course everyone who came along and contributed to making the day such a great success.