Hummingbird Centre’s Summer Festival: Summer fun for all the family in Launton

Calling all local residents of Launton and beyond, free up your calendars on Saturday 15th July as the Hummingbird Centre need your help. The Bicester based cancer support centre are urgently fundraising, but naturally only want to do this with the usual fun and frolics and smile on their faces.

Yes, the hard work is nearly over and the fun is about to start as the finishing touches are made to The Hummingbird Centre’s Summer Festival. And you need to go, spend your hard earned money with wilful abandon and help support this wonderful bunch of volunteers who offer free cancer care to the community.

This is such a good cause, so please get down there and show your support to these amazing and wonderful team who put every donated penny back into the centre.

Taking place at Launton Playing Fields, Launton, near Bicester, on Saturday, July 15, from midday until 4pm, 30 stalls have been lined up for the day including a mixture of food vans, ice cream, and a variety of stalls put on by The Hummingbird Centre.

Sparky and Sprite will head up the entertainment with a host of local acts lined up to entertain the crowds.

Summer Festival 2022 children in fancy dress

There will be lots of competitions – including guessing the number of balloons in a car, win a bottle or two on the bottle stall or visitors can try their luck to win one of five collectable teddy bears.

As well as activities for everyone, anyone in need of some relaxation can head to the wellness area to enjoy a massage or meditation session.

Volunteers from the Hummingbird Centre, a Bicester based cancer support centre covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, will be serving tea/coffee and cakes, and for those who want something a little stronger, Launton Sports and Social Club’s bar will be open.

Back by popular demand is the fun dog show – no need to book in advance you can turn up on the day and enter your pouch into one or all of the nine categories including Best Veteran, Best Rescue, Judge’s Favourite to Take Home and Fastest Sausage Eater; great value at £2 per class or £5 for four.

Jemma Young
Jemma Young of the organising committee

One of the organising team Jemma Young said:

We have been working really hard for months to put together our summer festival and we hope people will come along and enjoy the fun.

“We’ve got something for everyone. There will be lots of stalls selling arts and crats, refreshments and a host of activities to keep you busy. This year for the first time we will have classic cars on display and the owners will be on hand to talk to you about their vehicle

“We would like to thank the local businesses who have sponsored flyers, the tea tent, providing cars for displays and guessing the amount of balloons in one car.  But most importantly we can’t wait to open the gates and see you all on the day.”

All the money raised from the event will go towards The Hummingbird Centre’s forever home appeal.

CEO Renee Booth said:

“We are running out of space here at Launton and in order to keep serving our community we need to find a bigger permanent home. The fund raising has begun in earnest and we are searching for a site that could be the Hummingbird Centre’s forever home. Every penny counts as we look to secure our future.”

The Summer Festival takes place on Saturday, July 15, from 12 noon until 4pm. Entry just £1 and under 16s go free.

summer Festival tombola stall
Tombola at last years Hummingbird Festival

About The Hummingbird

The Hummingbird Centre opened its doors in 2014 after a promise Hummingbird founder Mechelle Harris made to her late father Raymond Hurcombe to create something good out of their loss as a family.

So far, The Hummingbird Centre has supported many people and has become very much part of the community. It relies 100 per cent on donations and volunteers to enable it to operate as every penny raised goes back into the centre.

The Hummingbird Centre now offers support to people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and you can donate here.