Last year's Brentford Festival was the first to take place outside the borough of Hounslow.This year it will again be returning to Blondin Park in neighbouring Ealing. As in previous years we have invited event manager Linda Massey to give her own unique insight into the highs and lows, thrills and spills, that come with trying to organise such a huge event.
Time is something I know I do not have with just a few weeks to go to Sunday 7th September.
Whilst I have been taking the lead on organising the Brentford Festival since its conception in 2005 this year's planning has not always been plain sailing.
I have come to rely on certain suppliers for key items but when my contact moves on (or even retires) I have found myself having to continually chase people.
So, at the time of writing we have the musicians but no generator to service the stage. So, if you happen to have a 70 kva generator with tails lying around I would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking of tails, the Ark Petting Farm, being sponsored by my own group the Friends of Boston Manor and local vets Alcombe Veterinary Surgery is all organised, however the ponies (we are using new stables, now there is a new act if they could learn to write) have not completed the appropriate paperwork yet.
We are responsible organisers so we do have to think about animal welfare and how they are going to be treated both on the way to and from the event but during the day as well.
The farm, ponies and dog show all come with their own supply of water as we do not have any on site but we are very grateful to the two residents who have offered us the use of their taps should we require them - this really is a community organised event.
I feel invigorated after our planning meeting last night (Monday) which was our last one before the event.
Although we were not a full house we had a new recruit in Pete (RP-photography-solutions.co.uk) who has offered to be our official photographer so we thought we would put him on the spot by asking him to take a photograph (see picture) of the gathered team.
So we managed to finally agree the layout much to the relief of Dave Whitty our Production man who had already worked on five versions. Dave is by the way an events production man in real life - as if this isn't real life - www.whiteandgreen.co.uk.
Adam from www.redroutemaster.com continues to be enthusiastic and helpful enabling us to offer a free service to and from the festival. One of his buses is even providing a venue for buskers. We discussed the route, bus stops and where his team can get a cup of tea and can confirm a loop starting in Brentford by the newly revamped market and will be incorporating Hanwell, West Ealing and Northfield Avenue.
We talked last night about colour coding our volunteers clothing - we have so many different tasks for them to do we really need to see at a distance who is who.
Writing this article in the early hours after the meeting I ask myself did we really talk about drones or am I suffering from lack of sleep? Our flyers will start dropping through letter boxes any time now as a reminder of the event. Banners have started appearing around the site (oh also lost the scaffolders to put up two banners - any offers? You can put up your own sign with it - contact me direct.
Rob and Carol who seem to know everyone in Brentford and Ealing between them have the huge task of co-ordinating the volunteers which include 26 young people from The Challenge who we hope are the next generation of volunteers (www.the-challenge.org). It is not too late to volunteer so visit our website to see contact details.
We are delighted that Trinity Mirror Southern (Hounslow Chronicle and the Ealing Gazette as well as getwestlondon.co.uk) will be publishing the full programme of events in the end of August issue.
Look out for the bus time tables, the musical programme the dog show, the guided walk of discovery around the nature reserve and the story telling.
Getting excited like me? - I think you should be. See you in a few weeks.