Festival brings out community spirit

Leys festival

Hundreds of Oxford residents turned out to the annual Leys Festival on Saturday 5 September.

The event was officially opened by MP for Oxford East Andrew Smith, and then kicked off by musician group Horns of Plenty who paraded around the park.

Young people and families took part in a range of activities including go-karting, rock climbing and tennis.

The Catalyst and Green Square gazebo was one of the busiest during the festival. And it’s no wonder why… people could make fruit mocktails, collect fresh food, and learn about ‘Love Food Hate Waste’, get information on loan sharks as well as blind taste branded and non-branded foods.

A big thank you to Oxford Foodbank who provided us with the delicious food that we were able to give out to residents. And a huge thanks to Green Square who organised the thrifty money saving activities.

John Kehoe, chair of the Catalyst Residents Federation, was also on hand to talk about how residents can get involved at Catalyst and have their say on our services.

For more details of the community projects we run contact Catalyst Gateway, our community investment team, call 0300 456 2060 or visit www.chg.org.uk/gateway