The Hummingbird Summer Festival needs YOU!

By Sarah Edwards at

When Fiona Wastie was recovering from lung cancer she turned to one “very special place” for help.
That place was The Hummingbird Centre, Grange Mews, Launton, near Bicester, who “took her hand” and supported her back to health.
As a way of thanking the centre and its team, Fiona is now a volunteer and each year organises a host of events to raise money so The Hummingbird Centre can continue to provide free therapies and activities.
On Saturday, July 13, she will host the third Hummingbird Summer Festival, but before the big day, she needs a little help from the community.
Fiona said: “I wanted to give something back to the centre for helping me through my very rough journey and I knew Mechelle wanted to do something like the ‘old fashion fete’ which would be attractive to the whole family and also raise much-needed funds.
Three years on and the event is steadily growing and this year Fiona wants to add a bottle stall to the line-up of activities and is looking for donations.
To make it work she needs more than 300 bottled items, which can include anything from vinegar, water, bubble bath, infused oil, to fizzy pop, wine, spirits, shampoo and conditioner.
Fiona said last year more than 400 people turned out. She said: “The importance of this event for me is bringing the whole community together.It’s not all about profit, it’s about having a good family day out. Over the next four years our plan is to fill the field with stalls and activities and ensure it becomes a regular event on the Bicester summer calendar.”
The summer festival takes place at Launton Sports and Social Club, Bicester Road, Launton, from 12pm noon to 4.30pm.
On the day there will be a host of local stalls and activities including displays by martial arts and cheer leaders, Bicester 2507 ATC Band, a dog show, horse and cart rides, steam engine rides, sea jewellery, darts, Wild West photos and lots more.
The Hummingbird Centre offer vital services to benefit the people of Bicester and surrounding villages and their families for free. It relies 100 per cent on donations and volunteers to enable it to operate and every penny raised goes back into the centre.
It was set up in 2014 after a promise 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 more than 16,500 people across the Bicester and surrounding community.
Anyone interested in running a stall at the Hummingbird Summer Festival or who can donate a bottle should call Fiona at The Hummingbird Centre on 01869 244244.