This community festival organised by and for the local community, took place at Buckinghamshire New University’s Wellesbourne Campus in High Wycombe on Saturday 28 June 2008 from 12pm – 6pm.
The Wycombe Community Festival was in its third year, and co-ordinated by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2nd Generation (SV2G), the organisation that raises awareness of caribbean heritage and culture within the community of Buckinghamshire. The event was supported by: Buckinghamshire New University; Thames Valley Police, the Black Police Association, Bucks Fire & Rescue Service; and the, St. Vincent & Grenadines Tourist Office.
Jacqueline Roberts, Chair of SV2G and a past Sociology student at Bucks New University says: “This is the only outdoor community event embracing a diverse range of cultures, in this area. The event will build community cohesion, developing our links with people of different backgrounds and faiths, from the young people to adults. All of SV2G’s projects are designed to encourage a sense of belonging, pride and self-worth among community members by providing an awareness of many cultures. We will be celebrating the rich heritage of the community as a whole.”
A number of local community organisations took part including Wycombe Steel Orchestra, and participants of the Wycombe’s Got Talent competition. Guest performers will be joining the entertainment for the day ranging from dancers, – salsa, tango and hip hop, through to music – samba, calypso, and drumming.
Funds raised on the day and from participating organisations was given to The Fire Fighters Fund (formerly the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund).