Yaxley Festival is more than an event, it’s a core component of a community development programme that continues to deliver REAL SOCIAL IMPACT.
The project was designed by Stewart Howe and launched in 2012 with the support of a team of volunteers. Residents, organisations, institutions and local businesses were invited to collaborate on building a free festival designed with zones reflecting different aspects of the community. In May 2013 the event debuted with huge numbers of visitors and a format that shocked and delighted residents with the scope of ambition and scale of delivery.
The result of the first festival was the creation of a new super agile community organisation called the Yaxley Partnership, a consortium of individuals who have teamed up to deliver a host of successful initiatives, projects and events. These include Yaxley Youth Club, regional heritage organisation The Fenland Trust, a heritage plaque scheme, Neighbourhood Watch, Community Speedwatch, the Yaxley Youth Memorial, arts events, get togethers and much more. The Yaxley Partnership has also donated free websites to local groups, charities and three parish councils and has been instrumental in developing member organisations, creating growth and increasing social impact.
Yaxley Festival Chairs
2013 Stewart Howe
2014 Mark Oliver
2016 Sally Howell
2017 Alec Pickles
2019 Pino Soccio
2021 Stewart Howe / John Scriven