A warm, sunny July day and a three-band line-up delivered what all and sundry agreed was perhaps the friendliest and best-ever afternoon of jazz.
As usual there was no entrance charge, simply a request for a donation towards the cost of organising the event, paying the musicians and assisting local charities.
Colette Brideson, the Association’s treasurer, said staging Jazz on the Green (2.7.2017) was their way of “putting something back into the community” – a sentiment that echoed around the picnic tables and gazebos that almost filled one half of Hadley Green.
“We think this is a great way to make use of the green, and staging a free event that is open to everyone is just one of the ways the Residents Association can bring out community together.”
The three bands that featured in the 2017 line-up were Home Cooking, Minnies Hen House and Big Chief.
The event, which has one sponsor, architects Alan Cox Associates, is funded entirely by donations.
“Obviously we do have costs to meet: for example, Barnet Council charged us £67 to hire the green last year, and this year they charged £128, almost double, so you can see, we do need some financial support.”